Pam Holy, Board Member of the Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund in Kenosha, discusses the ecological development of the Chiwaukee Prairie which runs from Kenosha to the Wisconsin/Illinois state line along the Lake Michigan coastline. Holy talks about its designation as a State Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark and a Wetland of International Importance.
Jean-Michel Ané, Professor in the Department of Agronomy at UW-Madison, discusses the mutually beneficial relationship between soil microbes and plants and delves into agricultural sustainability and development in developing countries.
Christelle Guédot, Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at UW-Madison, discusses the biology of apple maggots and introduces ways to control them. Guédot also provides an overview of the brown marmorated stink bug.
University of Wisconsin Extension experts in horticulture and nutrition education join to discuss how to address the nutritional needs of the community through farmers markets. The panel provides information about the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program which enables vendors to accept FoodShare and Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) payments.
Damon Smith, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at UW-Madison, focuses on Northern Corn Leaf Blight and Goss’s Wilt, two major diseases that have been affecting field corn over the past several growing seasons.
Daren Mueller, Assistant Professor in Integrated Pest Management at Iowa State University, discusses the increased use of fungicides in field crops and the resulting fungicide resistance.
Anette Phibbs, Plant Pathologist at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, discusses the results of a survey focusing on new and exotic pathogens that are infecting soybeans, corn, and fir trees.
Daren Mueller, Assistant Professor in Integrated Pest Management at Iowa State University, identifies the phases of Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome and offers options, such as treating seeds, to minimize the disease.
Mark Renz, Associate Professor in the Department of Agronomy at UW-Madison, introduces simple ways to improve the control of weeds using a burndown herbicide treatment. Burndown treatments help to prevent competition between weeds and crops as they are emerge and get established in the spring.
Jared Goplen, Research Assistant in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota, explores options to control weeds that no longer respond to herbicides. Goplen reports on the results of a weed degradation study based on a cycle of planting corn, soybean, wheat and alfalfa in varying combinations over a three year period.