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WCROC's Summer Center Day scheduled for July 11 in Morris

Summer Center Day is July 11 at at the West Central Research and Outreach Center.

There will be tours on Crops, Livestock Systems, and Renewable Energy. All tours leave from the farm shop.

The public is welcome, and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with tours running approximately one hour, beginning at 8 a. m. and ending about 11:30. The tours will begin at regularly scheduled times. WCROC is located one mile east of Morris on State Highway 329.

There are three Crop Tours at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the field at crop sites.

The first crop tour is the Small Grains tour. The performance of new small grain releases, recommended varieties, and management options will be presented. "Oat Varieties" will be discussed by Deon Stuthman, Oat Breeder at the University of Minnesota. "Barley Varieties" by Kevin Smith, Barley Breeder at the U of M, and "Wheat Varieties" by Jim Anderson, Wheat Breeder at the U of M.

The second Crop Tour will be on Weed Management and Soybean Aphids. Jeff Gunsolus, Extension Weed Specialist, will be discussing "Strategies for Maintaining Glyphosate's Economic Value." Bruce Potter, Integrated Pest Management Specialist at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, will present "Can Soybean Aphids Help Assess Soybean Health."

The third Crop Tour will be on Nutrient Management. Erik Krueger, a U of M graduate student, will discuss "Maximizing Forage Production by Double cropping Corn Silage with Winter Rye".

George Nelson, Plot Coordinator, WCROC, will discuss "Nitrogen and Phosphorus Application Rates on Corn." A compilation of the last 20 years of nitrogen and phosphorus rate response studies conducted at WCROC will be presented.

There are two Livestock System Tours. The dairy tour begins at 10:30 a.m. and the Swine Tours begin at 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m..

Dennis Johnson, Dairy Scientist at the WCROC, will present 'The Latest on Crossbreeding.

Lee Johnston, Swine Scientist at the WCROC, and Associates, will present "An Evaluation of Glycerol, a Biodiesel Co-Product, and Growth Performance of Finishing Pigs Fed Low Soluble Distillers Dried Grain (LS-DDG)." Yuzhi Li, Swine Scientist, WCROC, will present "A Research Update on Alternative Swine Housing."

Lee will discuss the effects glycerol may have on growth performance, carcass characteristics and muscle quality when fed to grow-finishing pigs.

Yuzhi will present a comparison of growth performance of piglets in group farrowing verses confinement farrowing. The Renewable Energy Tours begin at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The first Renewable Energy Tour will be presented by Mike Reese, Director of Renewable Energy at the WCROC, on "Hybrid Wind Energy and Biomass Feedstocks," and Cory Marquart, Engineer at the WCROC, on "Integrating Wind Energy Systems into Communities".

The second Renewable Energy Tour will be presented by Joel Tallaksen, Biomass Project Coordinator, WCROC, and Lowell Rasmussen, University of Minnesota, Morris Associate Vice Chancellor Vice Chancellor for Facilities and Finance, on "Biomass Gasification Systems".

Producers can bring in samples and questions on crop pests to the Crop Pest Clinic. Doug Holen, Regional Extension Educator in Fergus Falls, and Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Regional Extension Educator in Marshall, will be available to answer questions. Informational booths from various agricultural organizations will also be available.