Agriculture

Predicting Fiber Digestion in Dairy Cattle

David Combs, Professor, Department of Dairy Science, UW-Madison, explains the importance of the fiber digestibility of foraged plants as feed for cattle and sheep. Combs discusses an in vitro method to predict the rate and extent of fiber digestion that greatly improves the ability to predict how ruminants will perform on forages.

Breeding Better Sweet Corn

Bill Tracy, Chair, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the technology behind plant breeding and its importance. Tracy also explains his work to breed better sweet corn.

Cheese is Alive!

Heather Paxson, Associate Professor, MIT Anthropology, Mark Johnson, Assistant Director, Center for Dairy Research, UW-Madison and Andy Hatch, Co-owner, Uplands Cheese discuss the political life of our food—particularly cheese. Paxson discusses her research on the regulation of raw milk cheeses.

Wisconsin’s Wild Bees

Rachel Mallinger, Graduate Student, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of the native, wild bees to the pollination process. With the decline in honey bee populations, can the 500 species of native bees living in Wisconsin fulfill our food needs?

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.

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