Matt Ruark

ruark-pic2Associate Professor and Extension Soil Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

BS – University of Minnesota, Environmental Science (1999)
MS – University of Minnesota, Soil Science (2002)
PhD – Purdue University, Agronomy (2006)
Postdoc – University of California-Davis (2006-2008)

Personal: In Matt’s free time he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Jenny (MS-Purdue, 2006), their amazing daughter Ainsley, their active son Leo, and their untrainable dog Apollo.




Faculty Advisory, Discovery Farms
Faculty Associate, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Project Director – Sustainable Dairy Project (USDA)
Advisor, Wisconsin-Agribusiness Association
Co-Director, Wisconsin Crop Management Conference


Madison, A.M., M.D. Ruark, T. Stuntebeck, M. Komisky, L. Ward Good, N. Drummy, and E. Cooley. 2014. Phosphorus loss dynamics in tile drains of intensively manured soil. J. Hydrology. In Press.

Linquist, B.A., M.D. Ruark, R. Mutters, C. Greer, and J.E. Hill. 2014. Nutrients and sediment losses from rice fields in surface runoff water: Implications for nutrient budgets and water quality. J. Environ. Qual. In Press.

Collier, S.M., M.D. Ruark, L.G. Oates, W.E. Jokela, and C.J. Dell. 2014. Measurement of greenhouse gas flux from agricultural soils using static chambers. J. Visual Experiments. 90:e52110, doi:10.3791/52110. Available online.

Bero, N.J., M.D. Ruark, and B. Lowery. 2014. Controlled-release fertilizer effect on groundwater nitrogen concentration in sandy soil under potato production. Agron. J. 106:259-268.

Ruark, M.D., K.A. Kelling, and L. Ward Good. 2014. Environmental concerns of phosphorus in potato production. Am. J. Potato Res. 91:132-144.

Arnall, D.B., A.P. Mallarino, M.D. Ruark, G.E. Varvel, J.B. Solie, M.L. Stone, J.L. Mullock, R.K. Taylor, and W.R. Raun. 2013. Relationship between grain crop yield potential and nitrogen response. Agron. J. 105:1335–1344.

Hoagland, K.C., M.D. Ruark, M.J. Renz, and R.D. Jackson. 2013. Agricultural management of switchgrass for fuel quality and thermal energy yield on highly erodible land in the Driftless Area of Southwest Wisconsin.