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Dr. Russ Gesch, research plant physiologist at the Soils Lab in Morris, talks to Field Day attendees about a research project to use oilseeds for jet fuel. Gesch is partnering with scientists across the United States to look at the best growing conditions for oilseed crops. (Kim Ukura/Sun Tribune)

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MORRIS, Minn -- Scientists at Morris' Soils Lab are working to save honey bees, turn local crops into military grade jet fuel and help farmers improve soil nutrition.


More than 80 participants visited the USDA-ARS North Central Soil Conservation Research Lab's research farm near Swan Lake to learn about these research projects at the lab's annual Field Day on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Oilseeds helping farmers and pollinators

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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing.