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.
There has been much interest over the past several years in the concept of offering sprouted grains as feed, but conflicting information about how valuable or cost-effective the practice is. Brad Heins, Assistant Dairy Professor at the WCROC, offers his expert opinion.
Our 2015 Top Ten Performing Annuals were featured on KARE 11's Grow with KARE in March, 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.