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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Kernza: A Perennial Crop With Perks

"Picasso is excited to collaborate with his new colleagues at UW–Madison. “There are lots of opportunities to develop interdisciplinary projects to solve the most critical problems we are facing today in terms of agricultural sustainability,” he says. And in an era of increasing globalization, Picasso has cast his gaze beyond the borders of Wisconsin. He maintains an international focus as he studies the agroecological intensification of grazing systems around the globe, especially in Latin America." https://grow.cals.wisc.edu/departments/living-science/kernza-perennial-crop-with-perks
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Clare Gietzel, 2017/2018 IPSA Scholar

Congratulations to undergrad Clare Gietzel, 2017/18 Independent Professional Seed Association scholar! Clare has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship, one of five granted annually. Clare is getting her BS in Agronomy with certificates in Global health and Environmental Studies, and is planning on a career in plant breeding. Clare is a longtime member of the Badger Crops Club and its newly elected president. The IPSA is an independent association, formed in 1989, representing the interests of independent seed companies. To date IPSA has funded over $1,500,000 in private and public research projects.
July 3, 2017
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News Roundup 1/09

Job Outlook bright for New CALS grads Crop Protection Network now available Wisconsin Agricultural Outlook Forum January 19 January Crop Production and Management Meetings
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UW Crops Team competes in Chicago Collegiate Crops Judging Contest

On November 19, the UW Crops Team placed 8th out of 10 teams in the Chicago Collegiate Crops Judging Contest. The contest was held at the Loyola University downtown Chicago, IL campus and is sponsored by the CME Group, GROWMARK, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists. The Crops Team consists of undergraduates Katelyn Van Treeck, Rachel Perry, Clare Gietzel, and Jacqui Hilliard. The team was advised and coached by volunteers Dan Smith and Nate Drewitz. The contest consisted of weed, disease, and crop identification, grain grading, and seed analysis. In the identification portion of the contestant they were given plant and seed samples and had to identify common crops, wheat varieties, common diseases of corn, soybean and small grains, and weeds. In the grain grading portion of the contest they were required to grade barley, corn, oats, rye, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat according to USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service standards. In the seed analysis portion they were required to identify seeds of common crops, weeds, restricted and noxious weeds. The Crops Team is ...
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Agronomy Links for 11/30

Molly Jahn: Thanksgiving 2050: To feed the world, we have to stop destroying our soil The Christian Science Monitor Will New Dicamba soybeans mean better yields? Don't count your chickens, says Shawn Conley. Registration open for 2017 Wisconsin Ag Outlook Forum  
November 30, 2016
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Listen: Gary Oates and John Greenler on The Larry Meiller Show

One Friday Gary Oates and John Greenler appeared on The Larry Meiller show to talk biofuels and take questions from the audience. A link to listen is below: http://www.wpr.org/listen/1025951  
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