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