Agriculture

AGRICULTURE

Cover Crops and Water Quality

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.

Reducing Soil Erosion and Improving Soil Health

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.

Farm Safety Assessment

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.

Good Handling Skills and Dairy Cow Comfort

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.

Ten Common Landscape Mistakes

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.

Three-Season Mushroom Garden

Lindsey Bender, Mycologist at Field and Forest Products, provides a basic introduction to different types of mushrooms and discusses how to cultivate fungi indoors, in a compost pile and underneath garden vegetables.

Livestock Stewardship

Heidi Carroll, Extension Associate at South Dakota State University, discusses the shift from scientific control over animal care to individual responsibility. Carroll delves into the public’s perceptions of the ethical treatment of cattle.

Invasive Plant Identification and Control

Kelly Kearns, Invasive Plant Coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, focuses on plants that were originally planted as ornamentals, but which took over in their new environment. Kearns discusses how to identify and control these invasive plants in gardens and natural areas.

The Beekeeper’s Year

Richard Schneider, Owner of Capital Bee Supply, follows the cycle of beekeepers and their bees through a typical year. Schneider discusses how bees survive in the winter, follows their journey through the spring, summer and fall, and explains what the beekeeper does throughout the year to keep them healthy.

The Ecological Garden

Benjamin Futa, Director of the Allen Centennial Gardens at UW-Madison, explores the concept of ecological gardens and emphasizes relationship within the garden. Futa defines ecological gardening as “recognizing and harnessing natural systems and synergies in garden design and maintenance.”

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