For Wisconsin farmers dealing with wild swings in weather, adaptation is the key.
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1. Wisconsin was once the nation’s largest producer of hops. The 1860s saw “an unbounded zeal” in Wisconsin hop production, according to the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1867, when Wisconsin was growing 75 percent of the nation’s hops. The state’s brewing industry demanded hops at a time when wheat prices were declining, prompting many farmers to [...]
A CALS partnership helps growers do their work even after serious injury
A booming population means more mouths to feed—and more farmers needed to feed them. A number of CALS programs focus on bringing new farmers into the field.
MS'75, PhD'79 Food Science
The quest to improve potato growth in the arid, salty Middle East led to cost-saving innovations and some extraordinary travel experiences
“The boundaries of the university are the boundaries of the state,” proclaims the Wisconsin Idea. But that concept has expanded. The boundaries of the university are the boundaries of the world—and no institution demonstrates that more clearly than CALS. Nearly all CALS faculty engage in international work of some kind, and collectively they cover every [...]
Percy Mather BS’68 Biochemistry “When I retire, I shall plant fruit trees.” That’s not exactly how Percy Mather, a longtime civil and environmental engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, had planned things. But then she became involved with Madison Fruits and Nuts, a volunteer group that plants fruit-bearing trees, shrubs and canes—so far, [...]
It’s no surprise that Mexico is a mecca for corn breeders. Not only is Mexico the center of the plant’s origin; the region also boasts the greatest natural diversity of maize grown on the planet, including wild relatives of maize. Moreover, the country is home to a wide range of tropical growing climates, from sea [...]
Partnerships with our nearest neighbors give CALS students firsthand experience with diversity of both crops and cultures
Growing green mangos for green-minded tourists.
Overuse of corn has clouded the image of America's biggest crop. Can genetics help reshape corn's future?