Annual flower cultivars that appear promising for Minnesota gardens and landscapes announced at the close of the annual flower trials held at the WCROC Horticulture Display Garden.
After 34 years of dedicated service to the U of MN WCROC, Jean Spohr retired from her position as Executive Administrative Specialist on Sept 2, 2016. Jean offered administrative support for extension personnel, and many of our faculty, staff, and students; she will be missed!
Crossbred and/or pure holstein bull calves available for silent auction bid. Calves were born between March and May 2016, and will be available this fall for purchase. Silent auction bid forms at http://z.umn.edu/bullcalves
Students from Austrailia visited Morris last week, and had a guided tour of the West Central Research and Outreach Center.
Storms that rolled across Minnesota in early July may have brought the "million dollar rain" area farmers needed to keep this year's growing season on track for a successful harvest this fall. Farmers were able to get planting on time this spring, and good soil moisture at the start of the growing season helped crops get started, said Curt Reese, a scientist in agronomy and soil science at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris.
WCROC participates in tri-state organic dairy farm research project.
Opportunities exist on today's dairy farms to become more energy efficient, saving resources and money. WCROC researchers are finding ways to potentially reduce the carbon footprint of dairy farms.
According to Brad Heins, no other place in the United States manages both organically and conventioanlly raised dairy herds on the same facility in the same conditions, but the West Central Research and Outreach Center at the University of Minnesota is doing just that.
Here's something to consider the next time you pour milk on your cereal: The carbon footprint of a gallon of milk is roughly the same as a trip between Bloomington and Maple Grove in a 2015 Ford F-150. Researchers at the University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center are looking for ways to make producing milk less energy intensive.
Milk production is directly related to dry matter intake, which is directly related to the amount of available dry matter in pasture. For cows grazing pasture to be productive, there must also be healthy pastures that provide adequate forage quality and biomass to feed them.