Five things everyone should know about the future of agriculture

1. Apps are critical to ag. Farmers use mobile technology for many things, including turning irrigation and other equipment on or off, maintaining pest counts from field scouting, identifying bugs, checking field records, reviewing soil types, ensuring site-specific planting or production …

How the Great Recession froze people in place, slowing migration patterns nationwide

Recent work from the Applied Population Laboratory shows that the economic shocks of the housing market crisis and Great Recession slowed down migration within the United States. During the recession, fewer Americans moved to new counties—possibly because they were “frozen in …

Panda poop study provides insights into microbiome, reproductive troubles

A stomachache can put a real damper on your love life — especially if you’re a giant panda. One minute it’s breeding season and you’re happily dining on fresh bamboo leaves, the next you’re left clutching your stomach while your …

Snapshot Wisconsin: Trail cams to document state’s wildlife

With the help of between 4,000 and 5,000 strategically deployed trail cameras, a suite of remote sensing satellites and a global crowd-sourced database, Wisconsin’s wildlife will soon have its prime time moment. Last Tuesday marked the official start of Snapshot Wisconsin, …

Joel Pedersen: Exploring the unknowns of nanomaterials

Although so tiny they are invisible, it’s easy to see that nanomaterials are becoming a big thing. There are odor-fighting socks and antibacterial dishrags impregnated with silver nanoparticles. Nano-sized titanium dioxide can be found in a long list of food …

A legacy of learning: Three class of ’86 Badger moms watch their kids graduate

The boom boxes and big hair of 1986 have given way to today’s Twitter and “Game of Thrones.” But through three decades of change, tradition still matters. Three women who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and …

Helping Wisconsin farmers, one potato at a time

The plant disease known as late blight of potato is infamous for its devastating effects on Ireland in the mid-19th century: Its catastrophic impact on potato crops led to the Great Famine, a period of widespread starvation and mass emigration …