The WCROC welcomed Robert Matteri, Director, Midwest Area, United States Department of Agriculture and J.L. Willett, Associate Director, Midwest Area, United States Department of Agriculture.
In a marketplace demanding that food production leave a smaller carbon footprint, the first Midwest Farm Energy Conference is demonstrating practical ways to use renewable energy and reduce energy costs in crop production, swine barns and dairy facilities.
This is a good time to start thinking about your pasture forage supply for grazing this summer. When selecting pasture grass species, producers should consider yield potential, palatability, and survival of grasses.
Dairy cattle and dairy farms have become part of the emerging world of precision technology.
Availability of locally grown strawberries is extremely limited in the Upper Midwest. Researchers at the U of MN and WCROC have developed a method for growing day-neutral strawberries in a low tunnel system, allowing for the harvest of strawberries from July through October.
Nutrient applications should aim for optimum crop yields over higher soil test results.
The organic dairy herd at Morris is one of only two certified organic dairy farms located at a land-grant university and the work being completed promises to have a large impact on the growing organic dairy industry.
Yuzhi Li, Associate Professor in Swine Behavior, explains the importance of her and her team's reserach in understanding swine welfare.
Proper selection of oat varieties requires careful consideration. Deon, the latest U of MN release, was the top-yielding variety across the state. The WCROC particiapted in the oat variety trial; results avaialble here.