Abagail Beaver and Ed Metcalf, Doctors of Veterinary Medicine at the Leading Edge Veterinary Services, Hayward, discuss concerns that arise when a cow gives birth out in the pasture instead of in a barn. Because the cow has a natural tendency to calf far away from everything, the ability to access the cow and calf can also lead to other problems.
Kim Bremmer, Owner of Ag Inspirations, addresses ways to share information about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with the public. Bremmer explains there are currently only eight genetically modified organisms: corn, soybeans, alfalfa, cotton, canola, sugar beets, papaya and squash.
Justin Morris, Soil Health Specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, explains how to manage the soil ecosystem to provide healthier, more nutritious forage for livestock.
Kevin Bernhardt, Farm Management Specialist at UW-Extension, compares and contrasts the agricultural economy with the general economy. Bernhardt describes the cyclical aspects of the economy and discusses what farmers can do to minimize the impact during economic downturns.
Kris Pfeiffer and Margie Hannes, Master Gardeners in the Racine/Kenosha Master Gardener Association, discusses their experiences creating rain gardens. Pfeiffer discusses ideal locations, plant selection and how to plant a rain garden. Hannes focuses on maintaining a mature rain garden.
George Koepp, Agriculture Educator at Columbia County UW-Extension, explores how to determine if a plant in your yard is a weed and focuses on your tolerance level for the unwanted plants. Koepp suggests digging, pulling or mowing, mulching, burning and plant spacing or using biological means such as geese, sheep, viruses and fungi to manage weeds.
Paul Mitchell, State Specialist in Cropping Systems Economics at UW-Extension, explains the economic value of cover crops and explores the economic principles that drive farmers to plant cover crops.
Kimberly Cassida, Forage Extension Specialist at Michigan State University, discusses how to use cover crops as forage crops for animals, worms and insects. Cassida provides a list of plants that traditionally were used as forages which now are being used as cover crops.
Laura Van Eerd, Associate Professor of Soil Fertility and Cover Crops at the University of Guelph, discusses the use of nitrogen as a nutrient source for cover crops. Van Eerd explains the nitrogen cycle and how to minimize nitrogen loss while maximizing nitrogen in the soil.
Jerry Hatfield, Laboratory Director and Plant Physiologist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, explains why soil health is important, how soil degrades, how to enhance soil, how cover crops fit into the picture and the future demands of agriculture.