Announcing the Jackson-Tanner Commons Project

Soil-King Observatory DriveThe Jackson-Tanner Commons Project is an effort by the Department of Soil Science to provide a new academic workspace where students, staff, and faculty members can interact informally in a relaxed and pleasing environment. Named after our first two faculty members to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Marion Jackson and Champ Tanner, the Jackson-Tanner Commons will be housed in Room 360 of the Soils Building. For more information or to donate to the effort, please see the Jackson-Tanner Commons webpage under Alumni & Friends.

Upcoming Events

2015 Agronomy/Soils Field Day will be held on Wednesday, August 19. This field day, hosted by the Departments of Agronomy and Soil Science in conjunction with the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, will highlight UW-Madison research on crop production and soil management. See the flyer here: Agronomy Field Day

The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will be held Tuesday, August 25 to Thursday, August 27, in Sun Prairie, WI. This is the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments. Dane County Farm Technology Days Brochure

Profiles Newsletter Published

The latest edition of Profiles, the official newsletter of the Department of Soil Science, has been published. Check it out on our Alumni and Friends page.

If you are an alumni and did not receive it in the mail, please update your information with the Wisconsin Alumni Association. As always, we love to hear about how our alumni are doing. Drop us a note using the form on the newsletter or via e-mail to

Leo M. Walsh Distinguished Lecture in Soil Science – April 29

van der Ploeg advertThe Leo M. Walsh Distinguished Lecture in Soil Science will be presented at the Graduate Seminar on Wednesday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. in Soils Building Room 270. Dr. Martine van der Ploeg will present a lecture entitled, “The landscape of biophysical interactions“. Meet Dr. van der Ploeg, Assistant Professor of Soil Physics & Land Management at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, at a reception following the seminar. This lecture is made available by the generosity of Leo M. Walsh and the Leo M. Walsh Distinguished Lecture in Soil Science Fund.

Dr. Martine van der Ploeg will also provide a presentation, “Sustainable land management: the importance of coupling physics and socio-economic research”,  as part of the Weston Roundtable Series on Thursday, April 30 at 4:15 p.m. at 1106 Mechanical Engineering, 1513 University Avenue.

Inaugural Global Workshop on Digital Soil Morphometrics

Digital Soil Morphometrics LogoThe inaugural Global Workshop on Digital Soil Morphometrics will be held at UW-Madison on June 1-4, 2015. This symposium will include several keynote speeches followed by 15 minute presentations with ample time for discussions. Conference topics include soil profile attributes, soil profile imaging, soil profile functions, and use and applications. For more information and to register, visit

Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference

Nelson Earth Day logoThe Nelson Institute’s 9th Annual Earth Day Conference, Hard Science, Tough Choices: Shaping the Future on a Rapidly Changing Planet, will take place on Monday, April 20th at the Monona Terrace. It will be a day of learning and discussion on the latest science, perspectives, and possibilities presented by our rapidly changing planet. The keynote address will be by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Soil Science professor Bill Bland and several other CALS faculty and students will also be presenting (see the full program of speakers). The deadline to register is April 13.