Can we achieve climate resiliency in Midwest cropping systems? Does climate resiliency impact the bottom line? Dr. Jerry Hatfield, Director of the USDA ARS Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, IA and Nobel Laureate will address these questions during the Midwest Farm Energy Conference.
Graduate students Kirsten Sharpe and Brigit Lozinski, both pursing their Masters in Animal Science from the U of MN College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, took 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the poster competition at the Waste to Worth Conference held in April 2019. Kirsten and Brigit conduct their research projects at the WCROC and are advised by WCROC faculty.
As a perennial crop, Kernza can grow 2-3 years without any sort of tillage. That makes Kernza a potential cover crop that will hold valuable soil in place all winter long. “We’ve been looking at Kernza from a ‘dual-use’ type system, where we can graze it, get some forage off the land for livestock, and also harvest it for grain, and maybe get some straw off the land,” reports WCROC Dairy Scienstist Braid Heins to Farm & Ranch Guide.
Technology can often improve animal welfare on farms, reports WCROC dairy scientist Brad Heins to Forbes.
For over the last 133 years, somebody has checked the Morris weather station on more than 48,000 days, making the WCROC weather records one of the most complete weather records in North America.
Farmers continually are adjusting their farming systems to adapt to changing market forces and societal pressures to improve the sustainability of food production. One such adjustment is the use of cover crops during winter. Winter camelina may be able to provide both short- and long-term benefits to farmers when used in diets for growing-finishing pigs.
Although producers and their consultants may indicate that they have bad water or good water, there is no universally accepted standard for “bad” or “good” water. In a recent study by the U of MN, researchers sought to answer whether water quality had an impact on the health of newly weaned piglets.
Dairy farms across the country still rely on 20-20 milk replacer diets for calves, and thanks to a study done at the WCROC, we now know that starter intake can drive development among calves well beyond the eight weeks leading up to weaning.
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.
Microalgae extract shows promise as a potential feed ingredient offering several benefits, but more work is needed.