Tag Agriculture

UW triumph in Dairy Challenge prepared dairy science grads for careers

Four UW–Madison dairy science majors were at the 2,500-cow California farm in April to participate in the 2018 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, and their plan was the winning one.

Fine-tuning a new crop that saves soil, produces grain and forage for cows

A perennial crop called kernza is being tested at the Arlington Agricultural Experimental Station. It's part of an envisioned shift from farming annuals toward toward a one-time tilling and planting of perennials, followed by harvesting forage and grain for years or decades.

More homes built near wild lands leading to greater wildfire risk

New research out of the University of Wisconsin–Madison shows that a flurry of homebuilding near wild areas since 1990 has greatly increased the number of homes at risk from wildfires while increasing the costs associated with fighting those fires in increasingly dense developments.

Radar adds technological twist to age-old cranberry counting process

UW electrical and computer engineers, acting on an idea from a Wisconsin cranberry grower, have developed a device to make a laborious, time-consuming process more efficient.

Media availability with Wisconsin Agricultural Outlook Forum experts

A 30-minute media availability will be held before the start of the Wisconsin Agricultural Outlook Forum on Thursday, Jan. 25. The availability is set for 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. in the Traditions Room, located on the second floor of Union South. 

Lethal management of wolves in one place may make things worse nearby

Farms that had a wolf killed experienced a 27 percent decrease in risk of another attack, but it was offset by a 22 percent increase at a number of farms in the same township.

Wisconsin agricultural outlook forum explores rural-urban divide

The forum will outline recent trends and future outlook for the state’s main agricultural products, but it will also explore how Wisconsin agribusinesses affect — and are affected by — the rural-urban divide.

Curator at ag station helps growers keep close watch on potato health

By monitoring sugar levels, frying test batches of potato chips, and other techniques, Sam Perez helps growers decide when to market their stored potatoes.

UW students help run World Dairy Expo

About 100 UW–Madison undergraduate students, worked at the 2017 World Dairy Expo to make it run smoothly. The expo, which took place Oct. 3-7 at the Alliant Energy Center, is the nation’s largest dairy cattle show and trade show.

Conservation, collaboration, creativity: Grant County farmer charts own path, with a little help from scientist colleagues

Farmer Gerry Weiss stands as a key conduit between academic experts – many with roots in the soil – and those who make a living growing crops and animals.

Farmers using UW-built software statewide to cut pollution, plan soil fertility

A UW–Madison software program intended to cut water pollution and soil erosion has matured into an essential production tool for farmers

Wisconsin corn maze features 480-foot trilobite

Wiped out more than 250 million years ago, a trilobite today is the Wisconsin state fossil. It is also the defining feature of this year’s award-winning Treinen Farm Corn Maze in Lodi.

Having cows put proteins into milk, not waste, is researcher’s goal

“On average, only about a quarter of the crude protein in a dairy ration goes to milk,” says Professor Sebastian I Arriola Apelo.

Noted educator, scientist and entrepreneur Mark Cook dies at 61

“His work embodied the Wisconsin Idea, seeking advances and solutions in the areas of health and agriculture," says a colleague. "He was also a man of integrity, who felt a deep sense of service and commitment."

Study: Early farm exposure mitigates respiratory illnesses, allergies and skin rashes

Exposure to dairy farms early in life may dramatically reduce the frequency and severity of respiratory illnesses, allergies and chronic skin rashes among young children according to a collaborative study.