News

January 31, 2018

Rob Gardner, WCROC renewable energy researcher, grows algae for feed in dairy wastewater.

December 29, 2017

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.

December 29, 2017

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.

December 27, 2017

How one UMM student found her calling while working with the WCROC dairy herd.

December 22, 2017

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.

November 12, 2017

U of MN researchers are studying how to pulverize weeds with abrasive grit as an alternative to herbicides or hand pulling.

November 2, 2017

Dr. Lee Johnston spent two weeks at the Ministry of Agriculture Feed Industry Center (MAFIC) in Beijing China during late September.  Lee was invited by the Director of MAFIC, Dr. Defa Li, to go to Beijing to work with their graduate students and faculty on editing and advancing papers for scientific publication. 

October 5, 2017

Swine producers looking to transition into organic production will soon have additional resources and support from the U of MN WCROC swine research team.  Yuzhi Li, Associate Professor of Swine Behavior and Welfare at the WCROC, was recently awarded funding through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to look at ways to better support organic swine producers.  One of the goals of the project is to provide scientific-based information to producers to help them in organic swine production.

September 27, 2017

Research by the WCROC provides agriculture many benefits, including a unique way to make nitrogen fertilizer.  The research seeks to reduce fossil energy consumption in production agriculture by utilizing wind energy to produce nitrogen fertilizer. 

September 7, 2017

Camelina, planted as a winter annual, shows promise as a soybean cover crop and food source for pollinators in field trials conducted by University of Minnesota and USDA scientists.

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.