News Archive

September 6, 2014

The West Central Research and Outreach Center's (WCROC) Horticulture Display Garden is already starting to look a little different as plans progress for a new Peace and Meditation Garden.  "It's really going to be unique," said Steve Poppe, Sr Horticulture Scientist at the WCROC.

August 25, 2014

Staff of the U of Minn. WCROC hosted an organic field day to showcase recent research in organic dairy herd management and health, as featured in AgriNews.

June 11, 2014

For nearly a decade, the WCROC wind turbine has been a fixture sitting on the horizon outside Morris. Through the years, the turbine has required relatively minor maintenance.  Now, however, the turbine is in need of a new generator because of bearing damage. 

June 5, 2014

The amendment of soils and growing media to enhance plant growth has been a long-standing practice in the horticultural and agricultural industries. The WCROC participated in a research project in which digested dairy manure was evaluated as a potential amendment to garden and landscape soils. 

June 1, 2014

Although milk production and components are severely hindered without supplemental feeds, one study showed organic producers would be would be better off feeding less grain.

May 5, 2014

Across the United States, honey bee colonies have been dying off dramatically, and the effects of colony collapse disorder may have major impacts on the food we eat.  

April 8, 2014

How did someone come up with the idea of turning wind power into fertilizer? Adam Czech, from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, visited with Mike Reese, WCROC's director of renewable energy, and asked that very question. 

April 4, 2014

Research conducted at the WCROC on day-neutral strawberry cultivars could revolutionize the Minnesota strawberry industry, as reported by The Land (pages 9-10).

March 6, 2014

Dairy replacement feeding and management systems have undergone major evolution over the past 25 to 30 years. Recently, higher levels of milk feeding have been recommended to promote early growth. 

March 1, 2014

Steve Poppe, horticulture scientist at the WCROC, has embarked on an exciting new research project which looks at methods for extending the growing season for strawberries in the Upper Midwest.