Newsmakers

Amanda Gevens

Late blight disease in potato and vegetable crops
Amanda Gevens, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and UW-Extension plant pathologist, is an expert on plant disease diagnosis and plant disease management in potato and vegetable crops. She shares updates on when to expect vegetable disease problems through Facebook, Twitter and newsletter, and is available to discusses late blight updates and concerns with local media. She recently shared an update confirming that late blight had been collected from potato in Portage County on Friday July 18. Gevens was recently mentioned in an article about late blight on The New Family Farm blog.
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CALS in the Media

Everyone’s eating butter again – if you can afford it

CBS MoneyWatch
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Everyone’s eating butter again – if you can afford it
Food Systems

2014 Potato Field Day features research updates and demos of unmanned aerial vehicles for ag use

The UW-Madison's Hancock Agricultural Research Station will host the 2014 Potato Field Day on Tuesday, July 22, from 12:30–5 p.m. Highlights include: Updates on UW-Madison research on potato genomics, disease, weed and pest management, crop nutrition and related topics. Presentations on the use of remote sensing technology and unmanned aerial vehicles in agl research and precision farming. A chance to chat with grower and researchers while enjoying chicken and ribs, sweet corn and beer generously provided by the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association. For details, download the agenda or contact Felix Navarro, station superintendent, at (715) 249-5961 or fmnavarro@wisc.edu. The Hancock station is located at N3909 County Rd V Hancock, WI 54943. Contact the station at 715-249-5961 or hancock@cals.wisc.edu. Detailed directions are available at http://ars.wisc.edu/hancock/directions.html
Friday, July 18th, 2014
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2014 Potato Field Day features research updates and demos of unmanned aerial vehicles for ag use
CALS in the Media

UW-Madison scientists seek alternatives to cranberry pollination

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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UW-Madison scientists seek alternatives to cranberry pollination
Healthy Ecosystems

Fieldwork season nets insects, explores bioenergy crop impacts

On a lightly overcast morning in early June, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and UW-Madison entomologist Claudio Gratton’s team of researchers and technicians file into a passenger van and head out for another day of gathering insects from the twenty native grassland sites that make up the team’s outdoor summer laboratory. Once in the field, the group will trap and collect the bees, wasps, beetles, ants, lacewings, and stinkbugs whose brief but busy lives may influence how we create a sustainable future for bioenergy. Funded by the GLBRC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Gratton Lab is conducting two studies designed to understand how perennial native grasslands – and the predatory insects or pollinators thriving within them – respond to large-scale harvests that mimic biomass harvesting. “Learning how to manage crops,” Gratton says, “requires an understanding of insect communities. If we can understand how insects influence biomass crops as well as how different cropping systems influence insects, we may be able to determine not only which management practices will contribute to high yields, but which ones increase biodiversity and strengthen ...
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
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Fieldwork season nets insects, explores bioenergy crop impacts