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.”
Sandy Stuttgen, Agriculture Educator at Taylor County UW-Extension, and Sarah Mills-Lloyd, Agriculture Agent at Oconto County UW-Extension, discuss the use of antibiotics on farms, and the dehorning and tail docking of cattle.
Tom Ferguson, CEO of Ferguson's Orchards, LLC, focuses on a new variety of apple created from a Honeycrisp apple seed named the Pazzaz™ . Ferguson discusses harvesting, storing and marketing the apples.
Bryan Jensen, Entomologist in Integrated Pest and Crop Management at UW-Extension, discusses how to control corn rootworm using the integrated pest management which includes beetle scouting and root evaluation.
Krista Hamilton, Entomologist at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, shares the results of the 2015 Plant Insect Survey which focuses on pests, such as the European corn borer, corn rootworm beetles and brown marmorated stink bugs, and their prevalence in Wisconsin crops.
Bryan Jensen, Entomologist in Integrated Pest and Crop Management at UW-Extension, provides an introduction to the European corn borer. Jensen covers identifying the insect, its life cycle and how to manage it.
Mario Miranda Sazo, Extension Associate at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Lake Ontario Fruit Program, explains the tall spindle system for planting apple trees. Sazo discusses how to set up the supports for the young trees and the correct way to prune.
John Freitag, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Beef Council, explores a more customer-oriented beef industry and discusses the results of the Consumer Beef Index. Consumers are looking for beef that is great tasting, safe to eat and always tender.
Mario Miranda Sazo, Extension Associate at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Lake Ontario Fruit Program, offers strategies for apple growers which could help maximize their crop output. Sazo suggests staying organized, prioritizing your tasks and creating a vision for the future of your orchard.
Laura Witzling Research Assistant in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison, and Bret Shaw, Associate Professor in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison, discuss the results of a survey focusing on the willingness to purchase local foods even if consumers would need to pay a premium for those foods.