Some farmers interested in cover crops have planted soybeans into cereal rye or winter wheat, had good results with weed suppression and experienced negligible yield impacts. However, no research data is available about planting corn into living cereal rye. A small research plot at the WCROC may provide the answers.
More efficient sow cooling is just one of the innovative energy-related practices that are being tested at the WCROC. Other ideas include more efficient piglet heating systems, reduced nocturnal temperatures and generating solar power on-site to run the barns.
Adriana Alvarez was selected as a MnDRIVE Global Food Venture Fellow for 2016-2017. She is pursuing her PhD in Bioproducts and Biosystems Science, and is advised by WCROC faculty Robert Gardner.
Could algae be the next ingredient used in dairy rations alongside corn and soybeans? Robert Gardner and his research team at the WCROC think so.
Each year, the U of MN Professional & Administrative (P&A) Senate recognizes units of the U of MN that are judged to be exemplary in their support of P&A staff and the critical role P&A employees fulfill in supporting the University's mission. The WCROC was recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Unit Award Honorable Mention.
Brad Heins, dairy scientist at the WCROC, received the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award for his outstanding leadership and mentorship to graduate students.
On June 13-14, the U of MN WCROC will host the Midwest Farm Energy Conference; the conference is designed to provide practical, research-based energy information to farmers and agricultural professionals. Keynote speakers include Dr. Barry Bunn (SDSU), Dr. Brian Buhr (U of MN), and Mr. Mark Greenwood (AgStar).
Despite the inclement weather conditions present throughout the Upper Midwest, outwintering is a management style growing in popularity. With low set-up costs, outwintering a dairy herd wins every time.
When choosing genetics for a grazing herd, producers should focus on profitability more than production. “It’s best to think about it in terms of the amount of milk per acre rather than just production numbers,” says Brad Heins, associate professor of dairy science at the WCROC.
Current floor space allowances for finishing hogs are based on research that is 10 to 20 years old, when hogs were marketed at around 250 pounds. Recent multi-university research (including the U of MN WCROC) aimed to determine if today’s larger finished hogs require more floor space.