Picture this: It's a hot summer day. Cows in a field are seeking shade under solar panels. And those panels? They're feeding two electric vehicle chargers -- and powering an office building nearby. That will be the scene in a few months at the University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris.
In a recently completed project focused on electricity and fuel consumption in commercial swine facilities, researchers of the WCROC identified the heating as well as the ventilation systems as top users.
Esther Jordan, Communications Specialist for the WCROC, was recently awarded the ROC Outreach Initiative Award for her innovative efforts and creative thinking in marketing and promoting the WCROC.
Weather data collected at the West Central Research and Outreach Center is one of the oldest weather data sets in the Western plains.
Markedly higher levels of health-promoting fatty acids reported in new U of MN study.
Rob Gardner, WCROC renewable energy researcher, grows algae for feed in dairy wastewater.
Researchers examine floor space allowance for sow housing, trying to find the right balance to maintain animal welfare without compromising sow inventory and total production.
Efficiency in today’s hog operation is the name of the game, and that isn’t just for the production of the pigs in the barns. Producers are also concerned about energy use. This study is one of the first to specifically measure the energy consumption of operating commercial pork production systems.
How one UMM student found her calling while working with the WCROC dairy herd.
Using captured and recycled nutrients from runoff water, Rob Gardner, Assistant Professor of Renewable Energy at the WCROC hopes to produce an environmentally friendly microalgae-based biofertilizer.