News

September 11, 2018

Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center at Morris, have installed solar panels that generate power that also provide cooling shade for cows and heifers.

August 16, 2018

Microalgae extract shows promise as a potential feed ingredient offering several benefits, but more work is needed.

July 2, 2018

A research project started in 1964 to maintain the Holstein genetics at the time is still being carried out today at the U of MN WCROC, Morris.

April 20, 2018

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.

April 19, 2018

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.

Fertilizer from the Wind

2014 LiveBIG: Wind Fertilizer Feature (Minnesota)

 
The WCROC is home to the only production plant of its kind in the world: producing fertilizer from the wind. Mike Reese, director of renewable energy, and his team have developed a method to combine hydrogen and nitrogen to create ammonia that can be used as fertilizer. Not only does this interdisciplinary approach help to solve important challenges facing the agricultural industry, but also serves to reduce the carbon footprint. The Big Ten Network showcased Fertilizer from the Wind on LiveBIG in January 2014.

WCROC named Outstanding Conservationist for 2011

The West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris was named Outstanding Conservationist for 2011 by the Stevens County Soil and Water Conservation District. This recognition was based on the ROC's research and educational programs in horticulture, water quality, renewable energy, dairy, swine, and crop production.