Researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center document links between landscape simplification and increased insecticide use: recommend diversified agricultural landscapes with perennial bioenergy crops to temper negative environmental effects.

The continued growth of cropland and loss of natural habitat have increasingly simplified agricultural landscapes in the Midwest. A Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study concluded that this simplification is associated with increased crop pest abundance and insecticide use, consequences that could be tempered by perennial bioenergy? crops. See more on this story: http://www.glbrc.org/news/glbrc-news-19.

See the study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences during the week of July 11: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/07/01/1100751108.abstract?sid=e79.... Or, see the abstract.

Mon, 07/11/2011
Anerobic Digestion and Biogas

UW Extension have created seven modules focused on the use of anaerobic digestion technologies. Details of the process are introduced, as well as factors that influence start-up, operation and control of anaerobic digesters at different scales.

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Use of contour buffer strips in commodity crop systems in southwestern Wisconsin helps reduce soil loss and traps nutrients on slopes. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.