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.
Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Suzze Johnson, Ultralight Pilot in Two Rivers, discuss the discovery of five shipwrecks off of Rawley Point in Lake Michigan. Thomsen shares the histories of the ships and Johnson focuses on the challenges of finding the shipwrecks along the coast of Manitowoc County.
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.
Adam Hady, Agriculture Agent at UW-Extension Richland Center, discusses the proper disposal of dead animals’ carcasses. Hady focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of composting and explains the procedures for successful carcass composting.
George Kraft, Professor of Water Resources at UW-Extension & UW-Stevens Point, explains how groundwater systems work and discusses the impact that high-capacity wells have on water in Wisconsin.
Gae Bergmann, Master Gardener at the Dodge County Master Gardener Association, discusses how to attract monarch butterflies by planting milkweed. Bergmann explains the life stages of the butterflies and provides information for creating a habitat that attracts the insects.
Michael Marlow, Wildlife Biologist at the USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services, provides a history of the use of dogs to protect livestock from predators. Marlow discusses the pros and cons to consider when deciding whether to use guard dogs.