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October 29, 2016
WCROC's Steve Poppe talks about the year's top performing annual flowers.
These flowers are tops
October 29, 2016 - 11:59am
September 25, 2016
Features from the Farm:Solar Panels Power WCROC Swine Barn
September 25, 2016 - 11:43am
August 1, 2016
Mary Meyer of the University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science narrates the annual flower tour during Horticulture Night at the West Central Research and Outreach Center on Thursday, July 28 in Morris. (Brooke Kern / Sun Tribune)
Colorful evening at WCROC’s annual Hort Night
August 1, 2016 - 1:35pm
July 15, 2016
Rain in early July helped area crops after a relatively dry spring. Going forward, farmers are looking for timely rains and warm (but not hot) temperatures to ensure a strong harvest. (Kim Ukura/Sun Tribune)
July rains provide moisture boost for area crops
July 15, 2016 - 2:56pm
May 29, 2016
The Northern Lights series of hardy azaleas are now flowering at the West Central Research and Outreach Center Horticulture Display Garden in Morris. (Submitted photo)
Azaleas in bloom at the Horticulture Display Garden
May 29, 2016 - 5:06am
March 4, 2016
Business Briefs: March 5, 2016
March 4, 2016 - 4:14pm
February 26, 2016
Brad Heins, assistant dairy professor at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center, works to help solve problems that arise on organic dairy farms. (David Hansen/University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station)
Features from the Farm: Making a difference for organic dairy farms
February 26, 2016 - 5:10pm
February 19, 2016
Business Briefs: February 20, 2016
February 19, 2016 - 4:07pm
February 13, 2016
Dairy operations use a lot of energy to produce milk for consumers. An ongoing research project at the West Central Research and Outreach Center is looking to build a dairy system that generates more energy than it uses. Visit our website,, for a peek inside the renovated WCROC milking parlor. (Brooke Kern/Sun Tribune)play button
Building a green dairy on the prairie
February 13, 2016 - 5:52am
December 7, 2015
Researchers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center have completed their third year of a study looking at best practices for growing day-neutral strawberries. (Brooke Kern/Sun Tribune)play button
WCROC study looks at a new crop in a new time period
December 7, 2015 - 2:30pm
August 18, 2015
Natalie Nyhus of WCCO interviewed Senior Horticulture Scientist Steve Poppe in the Horticulture Display Garden at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The Horticulture Garden was voted Best in Minnesota by viewers of WCCO News.
Horticulture Display Garden voted best in Minnesota
August 18, 2015 - 3:45pm
July 26, 2015
This sculpture, which resembles a flame, sits just outside the garden pergola in the Meditation Garden.
Features from the Farm: Horticulture happenings
July 26, 2015 - 5:35am
June 20, 2015
Steve Peterson, director of sourcing and sustainability for General Mills, shared information about the company’s efforts to sustainably source 100 percent of their top 10 ingredients by the year 2020 during a keynote address on Wednesday, June 18. (Kim Ukura/Sun Tribune)
General Mills executive: Producing food while preserving planet is the issue of our time
June 20, 2015 - 5:09am
April 27, 2015
The geothermal activity at Yellowstone National Park causes gradients in temperature, pH and toxic chemicals that source from the hot springs and geysers which run into rivers and streams. This sets the stage for extremophilic microorganisms to naturally adapt to survive in these extreme environments. Locating and isolating these microorganisms is called bioprospecting. (Photo: Rob Gardner)
Features from the Farm: Extremophilic microalgae can be used for biofuel production
April 27, 2015 - 11:45am
September 20, 2014
Rob Gardner, the newest scientist at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, is a biochemist who focuses on using microbes to develop renewable, sustainable fuel sources. (Kim Ukura/Sun Tribune)
New WCROC scientist studies microbes for renewable fuels
September 20, 2014 - 5:30am