Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids,
1. University of Wisconsin-River Falls:
Bachelor’s Degree in Crop and Soil Science – emphasis on Crop Production
2. Lincoln High School
1. Illinois Foundation Seeds, Inc. in
Plover, WI – sweet corn breeding for different world markets and breeding for
resistance of Maize Dwarf Mosaic Virus.
2. Forage Genetics International in West
Salem, WI – corn silage and alfalfa breeding for dairy cattle.
I am currently a part of the Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems
Coordinated Agricultural Project (CSCAP), which is a project that involves many
researchers across the Midwestern U.S. The goals of the project are to retain
and enhance soil organic matter and nutrient and carbon stocks, reduce
off-field nitrogen losses contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and water
pollution, better withstand droughts and floods, and ensure productivity under
different climatic conditions. I am looking at the effects of a winter rye
cover crop on corn-soybean rotational systems on overall soil health. Another
part of my research is to study cover crop effects on nitrogen cycling and soil
physical properties, specifically using the oilseed radish in corn-soybean
systems. I am focusing my research on the amount of nitrogen scavenged and
released right next to the radish tuber throughout the radish life cycle.