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Dairy Innovation Hub research explores soil and water management

Progress is being shared on several research projects within Wisconsin’s Dairy Innovation Hub, including work to improve nutrient management.

The Dairy Innovation Hub is facilitating hundreds of research projects across the University of Wisconsin campuses in Platteville, River Falls, and Madison, and Matt Ruarck from UW Madison has projects focused on soil and water health. “All sorts of topics related to manure management, nitrogen management, cover crops, all of these things to improve, and how do we get more of the nitrogen that we apply into the plant and less of it into the ground water.”

Ruark says this is the second year of their nitrogen optimization research on university and private farms, and he says the farmers are more receptive to cover cropping than they used to be. “(There has been) a lot of great success using cover crops. We haven’t seen as much issues with yield reductions as we have in the past. Farmers are really adapting and managing those cover crops really well.”

Some of the topics for Wednesday’s Dairy Innovation Hub Symposium included human nutrition, dairy nutrition, animal health and welfare, and growing the farm business.

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