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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Agronomy News for 8/25

Student Organic Seed Symposium gathers organic plant enthusiasts. (The Country Today, WPR.org) Green Lake: An "ecological jewel" (UW News) (mentioned: Chris Kucharik) 2015 Organic Ag Field Day to focus on reduced-till approach. (Morning Ag Clips, WI Ag Connection) Biggest weed contest at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (mentioned: Mark Renz)  
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Agronomy News for 8/17

2015 Wisconsin Soybean Yield Contest (Shawn Conley) The Nebulous Nature of Non-Nodulating Soybeans (Shawn Conley) Wider Swaths Lead to Better Hay & Haylage (Dan Undersander) Alumni Tent at Wisconsin Farm Tech Days    
August 17, 2015
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UW Weeds Team Wins Big at National Weed Olympics

On July 21st the UW-Madison Agronomy Weeds Team competed in the National Weed Olympics hosted by The Ohio State University. This event was a joint activity among the Northeastern, North Central, Southern, and Western Weed Science Societies. Teams from more than 20 universities participated. Competition events consisted of a sprayer calibration math test, herbicide mode of action identification, weed identification, crop production problem solving, and team sprayer calibration. For sprayer calibration, students were required to calculate sprayer application rates and herbicide quantities, and determine appropriate nozzle tips, application height, and application speed. For herbicide mode of action identification, students had to identify 10 different herbicide modes of action based on crop and weed symptomology. For weed identification, students were responsible for identifying 30 species selected from more than 130 species possible. For the problem solving event, students were required to evaluate a crop production problem in weed management of general horticultural or agronomic situations and recommend an effective solution to that problem. UW team awards: Undergrad team #1 (Katelyn Van Treeck, Dani Edelburg, and Nick Maurer) received 1st place overall among undergraduate ...
August 13, 2015
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Agronomy News for 7/24

CALS hosts workshop for NASA - focusing on remote sensing and agriculture to map 3.7 billion acres of cropland. What is an agronomist? - Adam Gaspar talks about his daily life in the fields and using tech. Madison undergraduate weeds teams take first and third at the 2015 Weed Olympics at The Ohio State:
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Agronomy News for 7/13

Alumni news: Jeff Polenske named International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year. Five Things Everyone Should Know About Drones In Agriculture. Area Crops Well Above Average. (Quoted: Loe Lauer) (Audio): Mark Renz Discusses Invasive Plants with Larry Meiller.
July 13, 2015
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Agronomy News for 7/3

Molly Jahn receives honorary doctorate from Swarthmore. Plant Prowess - Agronomy scientists work alongside other CALS fields to catalogue and study crop genomes. Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds and Money to Breed Them? - Via NPR
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