Agriculture

The Future of the Allen Centennial Gardens – Ep. 741

Ed Lyon, the outreach specialist in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison, talks about the future of the twenty-year-old garden. Lyon focuses on the rejuvenation of the existing gardens and how to deal with invasive plants.

The Science and Art of Making Sausage – Ep. 722

Jeff Sindelar, an assistant professor of Animal Sciences at UW-Madison, demonstrates and explains the important scientific principles of sausage (bratwurst and summer sausage) manufacturing while intertwining the history and art associated with these products.

Grow Your Own Salad - Ep. 688

What could be more satisfying than eating a home grown salad? Lettuce is an easy crop to grow, but there are many vegetables to include in a salad garden. Susan Mahr, statewide coordinator of the Master Gardener Program at UWEX-Madison, introduces these different plants and explains how to grow them at home.

20 Years of The Wisconsin Gardener - Ep. 683

Join Producer/Host Shelley Ryan as she celebrates 20 years of The Wisconsin Gardener. Shelley hosts a commemorative panel session that includes Larry Meiller, host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Garden Talk and several special guests who have been part of The Wisconsin Gardener during the first two decades.

Hunting Wild Yeast in Patagonia – Ep. 682

Chris Hittinger, an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics at UW-Madison, discusses a recently discovered yeast in the Andean forests of Patagonia, Argentina. The yeast, Saccharomyces eubayanus, fused with a S. cerevisiae ale yeast and evolved into the modern lager yeast that brewers use around the world.

Cranberries - Ep. 661

Brent McCown, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison, explores the current economic situation for cranberry growers and charts out the needs of the industry. He describes UW-Madison research collaborations with growers to discover and test new ways to grow cranberries better, as well as to find new genetic approaches to grow better cranberries.

The History and Evolution of Chili Peppers - Ep. 484

David Baumler, staff scientist, Genome Center of Wisconsin, UW-Madison

David Baumler delves into the world of peppers, going all the way back into their origins and evolution to the species of peppers we know and love - and eat today.

A Decade of Lameness Research in Dairy Cows at the UW-SVM...

Nigel Cook, Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison.

Nigel Cook discusses the issue of lameness on dairy farms, a disease he says must remain under control in order to maintain the success of one of Wisconsin's largest industries. He also looks at ways to prevent and treat this problem.

Crop Diversity: An Example from the Andes - Ep. 403

Eve Emshwiller, Assistant Professor of Botany, UW-Madison

Eve Emshwiller explains why there should be a concern about crop plant diversity and tells of the things that can be done to support more diversity. She incorporates her research done on the tuber crop which is located in the Andes of South America as she studies the relationship between human interactions and plants.

Weapons of Grass Destruction - Ep. 393

Jim Kerns, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison

Jim Kerns tells about his position as an extension specialist who works with grass and turf including golf courses, athletic fields, and even home lawns. When turf is dying of a disease or other problem, he is called in to solve the problem. He speaks about diseases in plants and what he does to alleviate the problem.

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