News Archive

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. 

August 9, 2017

Looking for ways to save energy in your milking parlor? Some simple and inexpensive changes can slash your electricity and fuel bills.

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.

August 7, 2017

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.

August 3, 2017

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.