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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Dr. Chris Kucharik: Crop productivity and the rise in CO2 seasonality

In a study published Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Nature, scientists at Boston University, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and McGill University show that a steep rise in the productivity of crops grown for food accounts for as much as 25 percent of the increase in this carbon dioxide (CO2) seasonality. “This is another piece of evidence suggesting that when we (humans) do things at a large scale, we have the ability to greatly influence the composition of the atmosphere,” says UW-Madison’s Chris Kucharik, a co-author of the study and professor in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Department of Agronomy and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Full story here: http://www.news.wisc.edu/23298
November 20, 2014
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Wisconsin Soybean Grower Conferences to take place 12/2-12/4

MADISON, Wis. — A series of one-day Wisconsin Soybean Growers Conferences will prepare farmers for the 2015 season. In early December, growers, media and others interested in the state’s $59 billion agriculture economy will converge at regional soybean conferences held around the state. More than 75 farmers are expected to attend each of the conferences, where they will receive updates for next year’s growing season. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, these day-long events are scheduled for December 2 in Janesville, December 3 in Eau Claire and December 4 in Ripon. Workshops at the series of Wisconsin Soybean Grower Conferences will cover a wide range of agricultural concerns and issues. At each location, the topics will include presentations on 2014 Soybean Diseases, Marketing Hints for 2015, and Irrigation, Soil and Water Management. Among the expert presenters is Dr. Shawn Conley, Soybean Extension Specialist at University of Wisconsin, Madison. He says, “Growers will learn what is new from a seed, crop protection and innoculants perspective, as well as managing inputs for 2015.” Mike Cerny, president of the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board adds ...
November 14, 2014
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Molly Jahn Keynote Speaker at NYTFFT Conference

Agronomy professor Molly Jahn was the afternoon keynote speaker at Wednesday's New York Times Food For Tomorrow Conference. Dr. Jahn talk was titled "The Role of Technology in Achieving Food Security". [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwIZWrqcoZw&w=560&h=315]
November 13, 2014
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Gaspar, Smidt, Marburger featured in Corn and Soybean Digest

Graduate students Adam Gaspar, Ethan Smidt, and David Marburger are featured in the late November 2014 edition of The Corn and Soybean Digest, discussing their high-yield soybean research. “You can’t approach 100 bushels without at least covering what they remove — 130 pounds of potassium per acre and 85 pounds of phosphorus per acre,” says Gaspar. Marburger, Gaspar, and Smidt are graduate students with Shawn Conley.
November 11, 2014
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NO Journal Club for Nov 17.

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Plant Sciences Journal Club is canceled for Monday, November 17. All members are strongly encouraged to attend the special seminar being held at noon in 1211 DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Building.
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NO Journal Club Monday, Nov 10

Plant Sciences Journal club is cancelled for Monday, November 10. Everyone is highly encouraged to attend the special seminar to be given by Dr. Tony Studer at usual journal club time (noon to 1) in the DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Bldg, Room 1211.
November 6, 2014
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