News Archive

March 1, 2016

U of MN graduate student, Kathryn Ruh, was awarded first place in the Organic Research Forum Poster Session at the 2016 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Conference.  Her advisor is Brad Heins at the West Central Research and Outreach Center.

February 15, 2016

Later this spring, two new wind turbines and a new solar array will be installed at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, part of a project to develop a dairy system that collects more energy from renewable sources than it uses.

February 10, 2016

The U of MN's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) highlights a handful of up-and-coming standout faculty in their Solutions magazine...we're proud to have WCROC Dairy Scientist, Brad Heins, featured! Congratulations, Brad!

January 19, 2016

CFANS sees what others can't.  And when it comes to dairy production, we see a marriage of high energy going in and high energy going out.  Researchers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center are establishing a model "net-zero" energy dairy parlor where the same amount of energy consumed is also produced on-site through wind and solar power generation. The technology could help Minnesota dairies meet consumers' desire for more sustainably produced foods.

January 12, 2016

U.S. ethanol plants have been extracting distillers corn oil during the production of ethanol coproducts leading to highly variable oil and nutrient content in distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). This practice has prompted animal nutritionists to investigate the metabolizable energy (ME) content and net energy (NE) content in DDGS, which is used as an energy source in swine diets.

December 8, 2015

Locally produced strawberries in September and October are becoming more likely thanks to work being done at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. Researchers have completed their third year of a study looking at best practices for growing day-neutral strawberries.

November 30, 2015

Maroon & Gold Awards are presented annually through the University of Minnesota Communicators Forum whose work best embodies the University's core values.  Steve Poppe and Esther Jordan, along with a host of other collaborators, were awarded with the Maroon Award for their contributions to "Cold Climate Strawberry Farming", a free eBook.  

October 27, 2015

Each year, the Minnesota State Horticultural Society (MSHS) honors individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to horticulture and greening efforts in public gardens and community projects.  Steve Poppe, Sr Horticulturist at the WCROC was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Bronze Award.

October 13, 2015

The dairy operation at the WCROC milks 250 cows twice daily and is representative of a mid-size Minnesota dairy farm. The goal of our project is to increase renewable electric energy generation on Minnesota dairy farms by establishing a "net-zero" energy milking parlor.

October 12, 2015

Controlling pesky flies is a challenge for any dairy operation, but especially for organic dairies that must do without insecticides.

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