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.
Tom Kaspar, Plant Physiologist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, presents the nitrate levels in the Raccoon River in Des Moines, Iowa. Kaspar discusses the reasons for high levels of nitrogen in the water and suggests ways to lower the levels.
Eileen Kladivko, Professor of Agronomy at Purdue University, explains how to integrate cover crops to maintain nutrient levels from the time the crops have been harvested until the next planting season. Kladivko also discusses how cover crops protect the soil and reduce erosion by wind and water.
Laura Daniels, General Manager at Heartwood Farm, Cobb, WI, John Quirk, Director of Marketing at Rural Mutual Insurance, and Cathy Mess, Dairy Farmer from Milford, WI, discuss ways to make farming safer. Daniels focuses on farm traditions which should be changed, Quirk shares stories of accidents that have occurred and Mess talks about her losses due to a farming accident.
Katy Proudfoot, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University, addresses ways to identify and measure the level of comfort in a dairy cow. Proudfoot identifies risk factors and offers suggestions for creating an environment that provides optimal comfort.
Jeff Moyer, Owner of Moyer's Inc., explores ten of the most common mistakes people make when creating their landscaping and offers solutions to the problems. Moyer recommends focusing on the big picture, taking the topography of the site into account, and connecting the indoors to the outdoors.