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  • Posted on March 8, 2024
    The Fate of Microbes and Carbon in the Aftermath of Wildfires

      In Controlled Burn (Grow, fall 2018), Erik Ness introduced readers to the Charcoalator, a small furnace that sustains tiny fires under controlled conditions. Associate […]

  • Posted on November 2, 2023
    The Turf Manager’s Apprentices

      Emerging from the tree line onto The Lido golf course is like walking into a different world. Sand stretches over rolling hills where green […]

  • Posted on July 7, 2023
    New Soil Scan Aids Farmers and the Environment

      When farmers make decisions about managing their crops, it’s extremely valuable to know how much water their soils can hold. With this information, they […]

  • Posted on March 9, 2023
    Five Counterintuitive Facts for the Conscientious Lawn Owner

      Healthy lawns can prevent phosphorus from entering lakes and streams, where it causes problematic algal blooms. Phosphorus is an important element for plant growth. […]

  • Posted on October 18, 2022
    Run, Research, Repeat — Until There’s Food for All

      Elias Kemna BSx’23 is on track in his college career, and in more ways than one. First, he’s a member of the Wisconsin Track […]

  • Posted on June 16, 2021
    A Wisconsin Idea Win-Win

      At a sweeping bend of the Mississippi River, where the waterway widens and flows through shimmering Lake Pepin, tourists come to snarf slabs of […]

  • Posted on February 25, 2021
    Seven Things Everyone Should Know about . . . Tardigrades

      1. Tardigrades are tiny, water-loving animals. They prefer wet environments, and as long as the conditions are right, they can be found all over […]

  • Posted on February 25, 2020
    Groundbreaking Women Scholars of CALS

    Marguerite Davis, Elizabeth McCoy, and Esther Lederberg were all remarkable researchers and women in their own right, but CALS has seen the likes of many […]

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    A Mining History Charted in Soil

    Long ago, lead and zinc mining were a way of life for the people of Southwest Wisconsin. But the industries left their imprint in the […]

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    The Soil Doctor Is In

    For Jingyi Huang, it all started with a pair of orange hula hoops. At least, that’s what they looked like to him when he was […]

  • Posted on June 19, 2019
    ‘App’-riculture

    Mike Cerny has been farming long enough to have a reliable intuition when it comes to decisions about applying chemical protection to his crops. So […]

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    The Nature Effect

    If you excelled in your college science classes, chances are you spent much of your youth outside the city limits or exploring nature with grass […]