Tag Agriculture

More homes built near wild lands leading to greater wildfire risk

March 12, 2018

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

January 16, 2018

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

January 11, 2018

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

January 10, 2018

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

January 4, 2018

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

November 3, 2017

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

October 18, 2017

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

October 11, 2017

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

October 9, 2017

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

October 4, 2017

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

September 29, 2017

“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

September 10, 2017

“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

September 6, 2017

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.

App helps farmers make the most of their corn harvest

August 30, 2017

A new smartphone app developed at UW–Madison could save farmers time and money during the fall feed-corn harvest and make for more content, productive cows year-round.

‘Virtual dairy farm brain’ aims to help farmers make smarter decisions

August 22, 2017

A UW team has set out to create an app to integrate all of a farm’s data streams in real time and use artificial intelligence to allow farmers to more easily analyze the information.

UW–Madison’s Lancaster ag station celebrates half-century study of crop rotation

July 25, 2017

The 50-year history of UW–Madison's Lancaster Agricultural Research Station mirrors changes on Wisconsin farms over the past half century.