Francisco Arriaga

Francisco Arriaga – Assistant Professor

Applied soil physics, soil and water management, soil conservation.

UW-Madison, Department of Soil Science
1525 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1299, USA
Office: 55A Soil Science
Phone: 608.263.3913
Fax: 608.265.2595

Web: Sustainable Soil Management Lab

Program Affiliations

Department of Soil Science


B.S. Soil Science, 1994, Department of Agronomy and Soils, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

M.S. Agronomy & Soils, 1996, Department of Agronomy and Soils, Auburn University

Ph.D. Soil Science, 2000, Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Teaching and Research Overview

Soils are an important and fragile natural resource. My research supports the development of management systems that promote crop productivity, as well as soil and water conservation. Interests include tillage, soil compaction issues, crop residue management, cover crops, and water quality and quantity issues.

Selected Publications

Arriaga, F.J., M.D. Ruark, and R.P. Wolkowski. 201_. Tillage and Bt trait impacts on corn residue decomposition. Agron. J. 00-000-000. (In preparation).

Arriaga, F.J., B. Lowery, and D. Reinert. 201_. Spatial assessment of historical soil erosion on corn productivity. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 00:000-000.  (In preparation).

Arriaga, F.J., K.S. Balkcom, T.S. Kornecki, L.M. Duzy, and A.J. Price. 201_. Cover crop use increases yield production potential. J. Soil Water Conserv. 00:000-000. (In preparation).

Butts, T.R., J.K. Norsworthy, G.R. Kruger, L.D. Sandell, B.G. Young, L.E. Steckel, M.M. Loux, K.W. Bradley, S.P. Conley, D.E. Stoltenberg, F.J. Arriaga, and V.M. Davis. 2016.  Management of pigweed (Amaranthus spp.) in glufosinate-resistant soybean (Glycine max) in the Midwest and Midsouth.  Weed Technology doi:

Smidt, E.R., S.P. Conley, J. Zhu, and F.J. Arriaga.  2016.  Identifying field attributes that predict soybean yield using random forest analysis.  Agron. J. 108:637-646.

Mourtzinis, S., K.B. Cantrell, F.J. Arriaga, K.S. Balkcom, J.M. Novak, J.R. Frederick, and D.L Karlin.  2016.  Carbohydrate and nutrient composition of corn stover from three southeastern USA locations.  Biomass and Bioenergy 85:153-158.

Bailey, D.L., D.W. Held, A. Kalra, N. Twarakavi, and F.J. Arriaga.  2015.  Biopores from mole crickets (Scapteriscus spp.) increase soil hydraulic conductivity and infiltration rates.  Appl. Soil Ecology. 00:000-000.  (Accepted 15 April 2015).

Mourtzinis, S., J.E. Specht, L.E. Lindsay, W.J. Wiebold, J. Ross, E.D. Nafziger, H.J. Kandel, N. Mueller, P.L. Devillez, F.J. Arriaga, and S.P. Conley. 2015. Climate change impact on U.S. soybean yield – Regional and in-season differences. Nature Plants doi:10.1038/nplants.2014.26.

Mourtzinis, S., F.J. Arriaga, K.S. Balkcom, and A.J. Price. 2015. Vertical distribution of corn biomass as influenced by cover crop and stover harvest. Agron. J. 107(1):232-240.

Kelling, K.A., F.J. Arriaga, B. Lowery, M.O. Jordan, and P.E. Speth.  2015.  Use of hill shape with various nitrogen timing splits to improve fertilizer use efficiency.  Am. J. Potato Res. 92(1):71-78.

Mourtzinis, S., K.B. Cantrell, F.J. Arriaga, K.S. Balkcom, J.M. Novak, J.R. Fredrick, and D. Karlen.  2014. Distribution of structural carbohydrates in corn plants across the Southeastern U.S. BioEnergy Research 7:551-558. (Special Issue).

Mourtzinis, S., F.J. Arriaga, D. Bransby, and K.S. Balkcom. 2014. A simplified method for monomeric carbohydrate analysis of corn stover biomass. GCB Bioenergy 6(3):300-304.

Duzy, L.M., T.S. Kornecki, K.S. Balkcom, and F.J. Arriaga. 2013. Net returns and risk for cover crop use in Alabama tomato production. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (doi:10.1017/S1742170513000227).

Mourtzinis, S., F.J. Arriaga, K.S. Balkcom, and B.V. Ortiz. 2013. Corn grain and stover yield prediction at R1 growth stage. Agron. J. 105(4):1045–1050.

Jordan, M.O., K.A. Kelling, B. Lowery, F.J. Arriaga, and P.E. Speth. 2013. Hill shape influences on potato yield, quality, and nitrogen use efficiency. Am. J. Potato Res. 90(3):217–228.

Balkcom, K.S., F.J. Arriaga, and E. van Santen.  2013.  Conservation systems to enhance soil carbon sequestration in the Southeast U.S. Coastal Plain.  Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 77(5):1774–1783.

He, J., M. Dougherty, F.J. Arriaga, and A.H. Abdel Gadir. 2013. Impact of a real-time controlled wastewater subsurface drip disposal system on the selected chemical properties of a vertisol. Environ. Technol. 34(10)1341–1347.

He, J., M. Dougherty, F.J. Arriaga, J.P. Fulton, C.W. Wood, J.N. Shaw, and C.R. Lange. 2013. Short-term soil nutrient impact in a real-time drain field soil moisture controlled SDI wastewater disposal system. Irrig. Sci. 31:59–67.

Ducamp, F., F.J. Arriaga, K.S. Balkcom, S.A. Prior, E. van Santen, and C.C. Mitchell. 2012. Cover crop biomass harvest influences cotton nitrogen utilization and productivity. Int. J. Agron. doi:10.1155/2012/420624.

Kornecki, T.S., F.J. Arriaga, and A.J. Price. 2012. Roller type and operating speed effects on rye termination rates, soil moisture, and yield of sweet corn in a no-till system. HortScience 47:217-223.

He, Jiajie, M. Dougherty, F.J. Arriaga, J.P. Fulton, C.W. Wood, J.N. Shaw, C.R. Lange. 2011. Short-term soil nutrient impact in a real-time drain field soil moisture controlled SDI wastewater disposal system. Irrigation Science doi:10.1007/s00271-011-0292-2.

He, J., M. Dougherty, J. Shaw, J. Fulton and F.J. Arriaga. 2011. Hydraulic management of a soil moisture controlled SDI wastewater dispersal system in an Alabama Black Belt soil. J. Environ. Mgmt. 92:2479-2485.

Kelton, J. A., A. J. Price, E. van Santen, K. S. Balkcom, F. J. Arriaga and J. N. Shaw. 2011. Weed seedbank density and composition in a tillage and landscape variability study. Comm. Biometry Crop Sci. 6(1):21-30.

Kornecki, T.S., and F.J. Arriaga. 2011. Impact of different cover crops and types of transplanter mounted subsoiler shanks on tomato yield. HortScience 46(5):715-720.

Moore, S.R. , K.S. Lawrence, F.J. Arriaga, C.H. Burmester, and E. van Santen. Natural movement of Rotylenchulus reniformis upon introduction into a no-till cotton system. J. Nematol. 42(4):307-312.

Moore, S.R., K.S. Lawrence, F.J. Arriaga, C.H. Burmester and E. van Santen. 2011. Influence of water movement and root growth on the downward dispersion of Rotylenchulus reniformis. Nematropica 41(1):75-81.

Balkcom, K.S., J.L. Satterwhite, F.J. Arriaga, A.J. Price and E. van Santen. 2011. Conventional and glyphosate-resistant maize yields across plant densities in single- and twin-row configurations. Field Crops Res. 120:330-337.

Wilhelm, W.W., J.M. Johnson, D. Lightle, D.L. Karlen, J.M. Novak, N.W. Barbour, D.A. Laird, J. Baker, T.E. Ochsner, A.D. Halvorson, D.W. Archer and F.J. Arriaga. 2011. Vertical distribution of corn stover dry mass grown at several U.S. locations. BioEnergy Res. 4(1):11-21.

Arriaga, F.J., B. Lowery, and R.L. Raper. 2011. Soil penetrometers and penetrability. p. 757-760.  In: J. Glinski, J. Horabik and J. Lipiec (eds) Encyclopedia of agrophysics. Springer, New York.

Johnson, J.M., W.W. Wilhelm, D.L. Karlen, D.W. Archer, B.J. Wienhold, D.T. Lightle, D.A. Laird, J.M. Baker, T.E. Ochsner, J.M. Novak, A.D. Halvorson, F.J. Arriaga and N.W. Barbour. 2010. Nutrient removal as a function of corn stover cutting height and cob harvest. BioEnergy Res. 3(4):342-352.

Balkcom, K.S., A.J. Price, E. Van Santen, D.P. Delaney, D.L. Boykin, F.J. Arriaga, J.S. Bergtold, T.S. Kornecki and R.L. Raper. 2010. Row spacing, tillage system and herbicide technology affects cotton plant growth and yield. Field Crops Res,.:219-225.

Arriaga, F.J., T.S. Kornecki, K.S. Balkcom, and R.L. Raper. 2010. A method for automating data collection from a double-ring infiltrometer under falling head conditions. Soil Use Mgmt. 26:61-67.

Prior, S.A., G.B. Runion, H.H. Rogers and F.J. Arriaga. 2010. Elevated atmospheric CO2 effects on soybean and sorghum gas exchange in conventional and no-tillage systems. J. Environ. Qual. 39:596-608.

Balkcom, K.S., F.J. Arriaga, K.B. Balkcom and D.L. Boykin. 2010. Single- and twin-row peanut production within narrow and wide strip tillage systems. Agron. J. 102(2):507-512.

Arriaga, F.J., S.A. Prior, J.F. Terra, D.W. Reeves, and D.P. Delaney. 2009. Cotton gas exchange response to standard and ultra-narrow row systems under conventional and no-tillage. Commun. Biometry Crop Sci. 4(2):40-41.

Arriaga, F.J., B. Lowery, and K. Kelling. 2009. Surfactant impact on nitrogen utilization and leaching in potatoes. Am. J. Potato Res. 86(5):383-390.

Kornecki, T.S., A.J. Price, R.L. Raper and F.J. Arriaga. 2009. New roller/crimper concepts for mechanical termination of cover crops in conservation agriculture. Renew. Agric. Food Sys. 24(3):165-173.

Raper, R.L., E.B. Schwab, J.S. Bergtold, A.J. Price, K.S. Balkcom, F.J. Arriaga, and T.S. Kornecki. 2009. Maximizing cotton production and rye cover crop biomass through timely in-row subsoiling. Appl. .Engr. Agric. 25(3):321-328.

Simoes, P., R.L. Raper, F.J. Arriaga, K.S. Balkcom and J. Shaw. 2009. Using conservation systems to alleviate soil compaction in a southeastern United States Ultisol. Soil Tillage Res. 104: 106-114.

Price, A.J., M.E. Stoll, J.S. Bergtold, F.J. Arriaga, K.S. Balkcom, T.S. Kornecki and R.L. Raper. 2008. Effect of cover crop extracts on cotton and radish radicle elongation. Commun. Biometry Crop Sci. 3(1):60-66.