Archive | Biofuels and Other

The development of novel bioenergy crop systems that meet the criteria of being agronomically, economically, and environmentally sustainable is being researched on WICST as well as DOE funded plots.

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and WICST

Two locations were chosen for field trials to research various bio-energy productions systems (grain-based, perennial, woody, native grassland, and integrated perennial/annual crop): the Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University and the Arlington Agricultural Research Station at the University of Wisconsin.¬† Existing systems to be compared at Wisconsin¬† (the WICST plots at the Arlington Research [...] More »

Using Cattle to Reduce Oak Savanna Understory Shrub Abundance: Stocking Rates and Weight Gains

Here, grazing is being tested to reduce shrub density and it may also serve as potential method to increase species diversity within the opened areas.¬† This paper discusses stocking rates and animal performance on oak savanna plots. Authors: Janet Hedtcke, Joshua Posner, Martha Rosemeyer published in the Proceedings of the 19th North American Prairie Conference Aug 8-12, [...] More »

Education and Outreach Activities for the Oak Savanna Restoration Project

Education and outreach was an integral component of this project. The educational objectives included raising awareness of the importance of the oak savanna ecosystem and providing information on the possible value of managed (rotational) grazing as a tool in restoring degraded oak savanna. The intended audience for the outreach activities included local and [...] More »

Insect Diversity in Oak Savanna Remnants: A Survey of Insects

This study intends to measure the influences of burning and/or grazing on a specific insect habitat guild, saproxylic insects. Author: Devin Biggs More »

Whole-Farm Nutrient Budgeting on Twenty-Eight Farm Operations in Southern Wisconsin

Concerns about the environmental impact of farm nutrient buildup and resulting losses have emerged with the application of purchased fertilizer and increasing livestock density during recent decades. Historical data from the University of Wisconsin Soil and Plant Analysis Lab show that nutrient levels on Wisconsin agricultural land have been rapidly rising (Combs, 1996). As a [...] More »

The Crop Rotations Option Program

This computer software grew out of our attempts to analyze systematically the effects of changing management practices on whole farm nutrient balances and profitability. The program allows users to consider how various scenarios (enlarging a dairy herd, replacing nitrogen fertilizer with leguminous cover crops, adding or subtracting a farm enterprise, etc.) will affect overall [...] More »