Feeding 9 Billion People and Creating a Healthier, More Resilient Agriculture.

That is the challenge taken up by the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Agronomy.  We generate and apply knowledge about plants that feed and benefit humankind.  We find and implement answers to problems and opportunities concerning efficiency and sustainability of crop production and in safe and environmentally-sound ways. We generate knowledge on the genetics, biochemistry and physiology of plants. We study the interactions among cropping systems, climate, and the environment. We work to ensure that agricultural systems and products in Wisconsin and the world are able to meet rapidly-changing needs and those of future generations.

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Journal Club for 2/8

Hi Plant Scientists, Ever wonder how things work on the animal side? Many of the techniques we use in plant genetics have origins in animal science. Following up on our previous dialogue about MAGIC populations, Matthew Murray will lead a discussion about the mouse Collaborative Cross (Collaborative Cross Consortium, 2012) and Diverse Outbred Populations (Svenson et al., 2012). Please join us Monday, Feb. 8 at noon in Moore 473 for a thought-provoking conversation about the development of genetic resource populations, analytical methods, and how these techniques can be adapted for the plant sciences. ccc 2012 Svenson et al 2012 P(opportunity to consume delicious coffee & cookies | attendance at journal club) = 1.
February 2, 2016
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PSGSC Journal Club for 2/1

Welcome back! The temperatures may have dropped, but Journal Club is coming in hot! Do you believe in MAGIC? Please joinus to discuss the use of Multi-parent Advanced Generation Inter-cross populations in fine mapping, novel QTL identification, and applied breeding. In their 2013 paper, Bandillo et al. describe the development and use of MAGIC populations in rice. These populations offer plant scientists a valuable new tool with advantages over traditional QTL mapping and GWAS, as well as a convenient excuse to justify your results with "magic." Hope to see you there! Bandillo et al. 2013
January 22, 2016
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Study Suggests Perennial Crop Yields Can Compete with Corn Stover

A six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant miscanthus, poplar, native grasses, and prairie can yield as much biomass as corn stover. The study is significant for beginning to address one of the biofuel industry’s biggest questions: can environmentally beneficial crops produce enough biomass to make their conversion to ethanol efficient and economical? ... (Continues at: https://www.glbrc.org/news/six-year-study-suggests-perennial-crop-yields-can-compete-corn-stover)
December 22, 2015
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2016 WI Agronomy Update Meetings

MADISON, Wis. — The Department of Agronomy will offer Crop Production and Management Meetings at eight locations during 2016. Joe Lauer, Dan Undersander and Shawn Conley will present the latest information on hybrid/variety performance, an analysis and discussion of last year’s growing season, and updated recommendations for field crop production. The registration fee includes a meal and materials. Please pre-register with the Host Agent. A “walk-in” (Late) fee will be charged to those who have not preregistered. Additional information packets will be available for $18.00 each. Certified Crop Advisor CEU credits have been requested (3.0 hours in Crop Management). Below is a list of topics, meeting sites, dates and times. Please join us at meeting in your area. Packet Materials 2015 Wisconsin Hybrid Corn Performance Trials – Grain and Silage (A3653) 2015 Wisconsin Soybean Variety Test Results (A3654) 2015 Perennial Forage Variety Update for Wisconsin (A1525) Winter wheat varieties for grain in Wisconsin – 2015 (A3868) Wisconsin Crop Improvement Association updates Extension publications Agronomy Advice articles Discussion Topics Forages   • Reduced lignin alfalfa management • New race of anthracnose • Coated grass seed Corn • A retrospective of WI corn production decisions • RIB hybrid performance • Do we need to do tillage ...
December 17, 2015
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Photos: 2015 Holiday Party

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December 15, 2015
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Ag News for 12/15

USDA announces funding available for Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Programs - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack  announces the availability of $17.6 million in funding to support research and outreach activities that will help growers, producers, and processors find innovative ways to improve organic agriculture. New Faculty Profile: Valentin Picasso Cover crop research opportunity: Open call for presentation for annual Production Agriculture Symposium entitled “Cover Crops: Economic and Environmental Management” (March 22-26, St. Paul). New FISC seminar covers organic grain production and marketing. 2016 Wisconsin Crop Management Conference - Jan 12-14, 2016.
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