Agriculture

Common Mistakes of Beginning Perennial Gardeners

Zannah Crowe, Horticulturist, Monches Farm LLC, discusses common mistakes first time perennial gardeners make when planting their gardens. Crowe suggests ways to avoid mistakes while creating a successful perennial flower bed.

Five Steps to a Successful Prairie Meadow

Neil Diboll, President, Prairie Nursery, Inc., discusses the benefits of planting prairie and grassland ecosystems. Diboll highlights some of the best plants for both small prairie gardens and large prairie meadows and explains how to install and manage these natural flower gardens.

Getting Started with Chickens

Twain Lockhart, Poultry Consultant, Nutrena, discusses the basics of raising backyard chickens. Lockhard explores breed selection, what supplies are needed and how to avoid common mistakes.

Growing Blueberries in Containers

Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Educator, UW-Extension Brown County, presents a simple technique to grow blueberries in soilless containers. Because the high alkaline content of Wisconsin soil makes growing blueberries difficult, Pandian recommends a recipe for a soil media with an acid fertilizer for successful blueberry growth in containers.

How to Attract Bluebirds

Patrick Ready, Director, Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin, discusses ways to attract eastern bluebirds to your yard. Ready delves into bluebird habitats and nest box requirements.

Bromeliad Evolution in the American Tropics

Tom Givnish, Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison, reports on new findings regarding bromeliads, a family of flowering plants native to the American tropics. Givnish discusses their relationship to other plant families and the geographic spread of the bromeliads over the last hundred million years.

NASA's Space Vegetables

Simon Gilroy, Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison, explores whether plants and microbes could provide food during a long spaceflight or in a colony on Mars. Gilroy discusses how a lack of gravity affects plants and humans.

One Small Farm

Craig Schreiner, Photographer, captures everyday life on the farm through photographs in his book, “One Small Farm: Photographs of a Wisconsin Way of Life.” Schreiner follows the Lamberty family of Pine Bluff, Wisconsin as he explores the future of small farm agriculture and the rural way of life.

Henry Lardy and the Institute for Enzyme Research

Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, discusses the contributions of Henry Lardy at the Institute for Enzyme Research. As a graduate student at UW-Madison, Lardy helped make possible the artificial insemination of heifers and cows through his invention of the semen extender--the beginning of long career of discovery and invention.

The Genetics and Genomics of Cranberries

Brandon Schlautman, Honorary Fellow, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, discusses the emerging genetic and genomic technologies essential for both continuing the domestication of the American Cranberry and for generating new varieties for Wisconsin cranberry producers.

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