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.
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.
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.
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.