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The Cutting Edge Podcast
The Cutting Edge: A Podcast in Search of New Crops For Wisconsin
Dec 20, 2022
Episode #36 - Aronia Berry Markets
An interview with Dale Hilgenkamp and Dean Duval about current and future markets for aronia berries. Dale Hilgenkamp is an aronia farmer near Omaha, Nebraska and president of the American Aronia Berry Association. Dean Duval is an aronia farmer in Castana, Iowa as well as a board member of the association with a focus on research and development. American Aronia Berry Association: https://americanaronia.org/
Nov 30, 2022
Episode #35: A Ho-Chunk Perspective on Hemp
Forrest Funmaker of the Ho-Chunk Nation talks about the significant of their partnership with UW-Madison to conduct hemp variety trials at Whirling Thunder Farm near Tomah, Wisconsin. The partnership is made possible by a Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (SARE) grant. Ho-Chunk Nation website: https://ho-chunknation.com/
Nov 30, 2022
Episode #34: Hemp Research Updates
An interview with Dr. Heather Darby and Phillip Alberti on the latest in hemp research. Dr. Heather Darby is an Agronomy Specialist for University of Vermont Extension. Phillip Alberti is a Research Program Manager in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Resources: University of Vermont Extension Hemp Research Reports https://www.uvm.edu/extension/nwcrops/research Midwestern Hemp Database https://extension.illinois.edu/hemp/midwestern-hemp-databases Ellison Lab, UW-Madison https://alternativecrops.horticulture.wisc.edu/
Nov 15, 2022
Episode #33: Bambara Groundnut
An interview with Dr. Jed Colquhoun about his research on the Bambara groundnut. The Bambara groundnut is a new crop to the United States but commonly grown in its native Africa as a subsistence crop. Jed shares his successes and challenges during his early work breeding this legume for Wisconsin. Dr. Jed Colquhoun is Professor in the Department of Horticulture and IPM Program Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nov 1, 2022
Episode #32: Mint Production(For Oil)
Four experts from Indiana join us for a conversation on growing peppermint and spearmint for oil. Doug Matthys is a mint farmer in South Bend, Indiana at Shady Lane Farms, a fourth-generation family farm growing mint on about 1000 acres. Dr. Elizabeth Long, Assistant Professor in the Department of Entymology at Purdue University, studies plant-insect interactions to inform IPM strategies in specialty crops, with a focus on the Asiatic garden beetle grub in mint fields. Petrus Langenhoven is a Horticulture and Hydroponic Crop Specialist at Purdue University working on the management of verticillium wilt in mint. Dr. Stephen Meyers, Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University, conducts research on weed management strategies in mint. Links: https://ag.purdue.edu/department/arge/industry/mint/mint-growers.html
Oct 3, 2022
Episode #31: Haskaps (aka Honeyberries)
A conversation with two experts on haskaps (aka honeyberries). First up is Bernis Ingvaldson, who owns and operates The Honeyberry Farm with her husband Jim in Bagley, MN, about two hours south of the Canadian border. They grow about two acres of honeyberries along with many other alternative fruit crops. Next is a conversation with Dr. Bob Bors, Assistant Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan and North America's premier haskap breeder. Bob has been breeding haskaps for over 20 years, with a focus on mechanical harvesting, and has released 10 varieties in that time. The Honeyberry Farm website and online nursery: http://honeyberryusa.com/index.html University of Saskatchewan Fruit Program https://research-groups.usask.ca/fruit/?utm_source=fruit&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=2019-02-28
1 hr 19 min
Sep 22, 2022
Episode #30: Cider Apples
An interview with Dan Bussey and Deirdre Birmingham about cider apples and hard cidermaking. Dan Bussey is an apple historian, orchardist, cider maker, and author of the seven volume series "The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada." He has a special interest in heirloom apples and loves to get creative with his cidermaking. Deirdre Birmingham and her husband own and operate The Cider Farm, an organic cidery in Mineral Point, WI. Together, they craft fine ciders and apple brandy from true cider apples grown on their farm. Links: www.theciderfarm.com/ www.jakkawpress.com/book/the-illust…ates-and-canada
1 hr 9 min
Aug 10, 2022
Episode #29: Hazelnut Insect Pests
An interview with Hailey Shanovich about her work understanding insect pests of hazelnuts in the Upper Midwest. Hailey is a Natural Resource Science PhD Student and Research Assistant in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota. Link to Hailey's presentation at the 2022 Upper Midwest Hazelnut Growers Conference: https://www.midwesthazelnuts.org/uploads/3/8/3/5/38359971/umhdi_2022_bugs_driving_you_nuts.pdf
Jul 26, 2022
Episode #28 - Hazelnut Breeding Part 2
In this episode we get updates from hazelnut researchers Mark Hamann and Dr. Lois Braun at the University of Minnesota and Jason Fischbach at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Mark Hamann is a Research Technician at the University of Minnesota and works as an assistant to Dr. Lois Braun. Prior to working at UMN, he worked at Badgersett Research Farm in Canton, MN. Dr. Lois Braun is a Research Scientist in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota and works on hazelnut breeding, agronomics and propagation. She is also co-leader of the Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative. Jason Fischbach is an Outreach Specialist with UW-Madison Extension who focuses primarily on hazelnut research and commercialization efforts and co-leads the Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative. Links: https://www.midwesthazelnuts.org/
Jul 6, 2022
Episode #27 - Hazelnut Breeding Part 1
An interview with Dr. Julie Dawson, Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison, and Dr. Scott Brainard, Research Associate at UW-Madison and Tree Crop Breeder at Savanna Institute, about recent progress in breeding American and hybrid hazelnuts.
Jul 5, 2021
Episode #25: Day In The Life Hazelnuts
Join hazelnut researcher Jason Fischbach as he traverses the state of Wisconsin to visit hazelnut research trials, farms, and processing facilities. Heading south from Ashland, his first stop is the Kickapoo Culinary Center in Gays Mills where Pete Lammers describes hazelnut feeding trials in cooperation with Iowa State University. Then Paul Ronsheim, grower and board member of the American Hazelnut Company, talks about roasting the nuts and processing for oil. Continuing south, Jason visits the Savanna Institute’s North Farm, the new Demonstration and Research Facility in Spring Green dedicated to agroforestry practices. Then on to UW-Madison’s West Madison Agricultural Research Station, where Jason describes the joint performance trials happening there. And finally to Stoughton, the site of one of three Wisconsin production trials begun in 2011 to evaluate hazelnut germplasm and conduct performance trials.
Jul 5, 2021
Episode #26: UW Hemp Trials
A conversation with Jerry Clark about the University of Wisconsin industrial hemp trials being conducted in Chippewa County, WI.
May 18, 2021
Episode #24: Elderberry
A conversation about elderberry production.
May 7, 2021
Episode #23: Wildlife Plots
A conversation about establishing wildlife food plots on your property using both conventional crops and native plants.
Apr 19, 2021
Episode #22: Saffron Part 3
The Vermont saffron researchers are back for episode three, this time with a focus on saffron production in the field or high tunnel.
Apr 9, 2021
Episode #21: Currants
A conversation with Eric Wolske with the University of Illinois about black, red, and white currant production.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 1, 2021
Episode #20: Carbon Farming
A conversation with UW-Madison Energy Specialist Tim Baye about ways farms can participate in the carbon economy.
Mar 11, 2021
Episode #19: Natural Wild Rice
A discussion about harvesting and care for natural wild rice with guests from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Mar 3, 2021
Episode #18: Grimo Hazelnuts
A conversation with Linda Grimo from Grimo Nut Nursery in Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario about hazelnut germplasm they sell.
Feb 20, 2021
Episode #17: Saffron Part 2
Part 2 of the Saffron series, this time focusing on marketing.
Feb 17, 2021
Episode 16: Cut Flowers
A conversation about production and sale of cut flowers for CSA, farmstands, and weddings.
Feb 3, 2021
Episode #15: Lavender
Growing lavender in Wisconsin
Feb 3, 2021
Episode #14: Saffron
An interview with University of Vermont researchers about growing saffron in the northern United States
Jan 4, 2021
Episode #13: Chestnuts Part 3 - Marketing
A conversation about chestnut processing and marketing with Roger Smith of Prairie Grove Chestnut Growers
Dec 8, 2020
Episode #12: Chestnuts Part 2 - Production
An interview with Tom Wahl about chestnut production in Iowa and beyond.
Nov 25, 2020
Episode #11: Chestnuts Part 1 - Breeding
An interview of Ron Revord and Greg Miller about breeding chestnuts for the Midwest USA
Oct 3, 2020
Episode #10: Winter Spinach
Hosts Jason Fischbach and Ashley Olson interview Chris Duke of Great Oak Farm and Bill Warner of Snug Haven Farm about production and sale of spinach in high tunnel greenhouses during the winter months in Wisconsin.
1 hr 12 min
Sep 25, 2020
Field Notes: Mechanical Harvest of Hybrid Hazelnuts
On site in southern Wisconsin testing olive and blueberry harvesters in hedgerows of hybrid hazelnuts.
Sep 19, 2020
Episode #9: Elderberry
An interview with Chris Patton and Natasha Simeon about elderberries in the Upper Midwest.
Sep 17, 2020
Episode #8: CBD
An interview with Dr. Shelbie Ellison about efforts to develop hemp for CBD in Wisconsin.
Aug 27, 2020
Episode #7: Naked Barley
A discussion on efforts to establish hulless (aka naked) barley as a new food crop for WI (and the USA)
Jul 26, 2020
Field Notes: Hazelnuts July 27
Field notes from Jason Fischbach on doing yield ratings, harvest timing, and wildlife scouting.
Jul 26, 2020
Episode #6: Prairie STRIPS
An interview about the Prairie STRIPS conservation practice for farmlands.
Jul 26, 2020
Episode #5: Malting Barley
A conversation with the Oregon State malting barley team about the emerging field of terroir-based barley production
Jun 30, 2020
Episode #3: Hops
An interview with Peggy and Randy Urness of Fine Bine Farm.
Jun 30, 2020
Episode #2: Hazelnuts
An interview of Jason Fischbach and Lois Braun about hazelnuts in the Upper Midwest.
Jun 30, 2020
Episode #1: Industrial Hemp
An interview Dr. Heather Darby from the University of Vermont about industrial hemp. Dr. Darby describes plant physiology and the different uses for hemp - fiber, grain, and oil. She talks about the different growing practices for each end use, goes over the results of recent seeding rate and planting date trials, shares where to find high quality seed, talks marketing strategies, and discusses her views on the sustainability credentials of the crop. Dr. Heather Darby is an Agronomic and Soils Specialist for the University of Vermont Extension. She received her MS from the University of Wisconsin in Agronomy and her Ph.D. in Crops and Soils at Oregon State University. She was raised on a dairy farm in northwestern Vermont.
Jun 30, 2020
Cutting Edge Episode #4: Kernza
An interview with Colin Cureton and Valentin Picasso about Kernza, a new perennial grain.
1 hr 3 min