Archive | 4th Technical Report (1994)

Summary of 1994 season particularly soil biodiversity and low input systems research

Refining the Sampling Plan for Routine Soil Tests

Sound management of agricultural production systems requires routine testing for soil organic matter, acidity, P, and K. Unfortunately, representative soil samples are difficult to obtain due to the inherent variability of most soils and the additional variability introduced by farming activities. Early soil tests confirmed that there was a wide range of soil [...] More »

Relevance of Biodiversity to the Sustainability of Agricultural Systems

Biodiversity is widely considered to be an important measure of ecosystem health, underpinning ecosystem structure, function, and sustainability. Agricultural systems comprise the majority of all terrestrial ecosystems; thus, agriculture may be especially important to maintaining biodiversity. Past research has produced conflicting evidence on whether biodiversity is key to agricultural sustainability, and which agricultural [...] More »

Lakeland Agricultural Complex - 1994 Report

Weather and yield summary from 1994 season at Arlington and Lakeland.  The agronomic calendars for each site are also provided. Authors: A. Wood, D. Mueller, T. Mulder, J. Posner More »

Arlington Agricultural Research Station - 1994 Report

Agronomic calander, yields, and weather summary from the 1994 season of WICST. Author: A. Wood, D. Mueller, T. Mulder, J. Posner More »

Pitfall Trap Analysis of Soil Macroarthropods Associated with the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial, 1993

The Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial has become a forum for examining the ecological ramifications, both short and long term, of different approaches to farming and philosophies of land stewardship. Like several other research groups, we have focused on the soil biota as one measure of environmental impacts of agriculture. Our operational hypothesis for our [...] More »

Descriptive and Analytical Characterization of Soil Health and Quality for the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial

The project objective was to track the effect on soil health and quality of a shift from continuous corn to other WICST cropping systems during the initial period of 3-5 years following the shift. Because of the conceptual newness and related sparsity of guidelines and methodology in the soil health and quality area, the project [...] More »

Residue Decomposition and Associated Invertebrates: 1994 Results

The objectives of this study are to characterize the influence of crop rotation on residue decomposition, and to document the role of macro- and meso-invertebrates in the decomposition process. The latter was accomplished using litter bags with different pore sizes to isolate the influence of microorganisms and soil fauna in the decomposition process. Authors: Dave [...] More »