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The Cutting Edge: A Podcast in Search of New Crops For Wisconsin

The Cutting Edge Podcast UW-Madison Extension

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The Cutting Edge: A Podcast in Search of New Crops For Wisconsin

    Episode #36 - Aronia Berry Markets

    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/

    • 59 min
    Episode #35: A Ho-Chunk Perspective on Hemp

    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:

    • 16 min
    Episode #34: Hemp Research Updates

    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.

    University of Vermont Extension Hemp Research Reports

    Midwestern Hemp Database

    Ellison Lab, UW-Madison

    • 42 min
    Episode #33: Bambara Groundnut

    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.

    • 35 min
    Episode #32: Mint Production(For Oil)

    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.


    • 56 min
    Episode #31: Haskaps (aka Honeyberries)

    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:

    University of Saskatchewan Fruit Program

    • 1 hr 18 min

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