The Cutting Edge Podcast: A podcast in search of new crops for Wisconsin. Join UW-Madison Division of Extension as they search for new crops for Wisconsin growers, processors, and consumers. The strength of Wisconsin’s agricultural economy is its diversity…something that doesn’t just happen by chance. It is a product of the relentless drive of researchers and farmers to innovate, explore, and experiment. Join us for a glimpse into the exciting new research and development bringing new crops and diversity to Wisconsin.
“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space”– George Koepp
Meet The Cutting Edge Team
Jason Fischbach, Agriculture Agent with Ashland and Bayfield Counties visits with Eric Wolske, PhD candidate, at the University of Illinois about growing currants and market opportunities.
Jason Fischbach, Agriculture Agent in Ashland and Bayfield Counties and Jerry Clark, Agriculture Agent in Chippewa County discuss carbon farming and everything carbon with Tim Baye, Professor of Business Development and State Energy specialist with the Division of Extension UW-Madison.
Alana Voss, Agriculture Agent with Juneau and Sauk Counties and Carl Duley, Agriculture Agent in Buffalo County discuss wild rice with Jason Fleener, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Wildlife Management and and Chris Johansen, District Wildlife Supervisor for the Wisconsin DNR.
Jason Fischbach, Agriculture Agent in Ashland and Bayfield Counties and Linda Grimo from Ontario, Canada discuss hazelnut breeding and her nursery’s long history working with hazelnuts.
Jon Pylypiv, Margaret Skinner, and Arash Ghalehgolabbehbahani are back by popular demand! This time, they are joined by Parker Shorey, owner of LemonFair Saffron Co., in Vermont. Parker shares his experience buying saffron from his grower partners, dyring it, and selling to customers. Hosted by Jerry Clark and Evan Henthorne.
Tiffany Cade of Deep Rooted Organics in Westby, WI and Heidi Hensel-Buntrock of Willow Creek Farm and gardens in Wautoma, WI join hosts Ashley Olson and Alana Lynn Voss to discuss growing and marketing fresh cut flowers.
Lady J (Kehaulani Jones) of Rowley Creek Lavender joins hosts George Koepp and Alana Lynn Voss to discuss growing and marketing lavender in Wisconsin.
Hosts Jerry Clark and Evan Henthorne interview Jon Pylypiv, a saffron grower at Bread Basket Farm in Hortonville, WI and Margaret Skinner and Arash Ghalehgolabbehbahani, researchers at the University of Vermont North American Center for Saffron Research and Development.
Roger Smith of Prairie Grove Chestnut Growers joins host Jason Fischbach to discuss chestnut processing and marketing. Prairie Grove is a processing and marketing company with more than 60 chestnut growers in the Midwest.
Tom Wahl of Red Fern Farm joins co-hosts Jason Fischbach and Jerry Clark to discuss chestnut production.
Hosts Jerry Clark and Jason Fischbach discuss chestnut breeding with Dr. Ron Revord and Dr. Greg Miller. After years of producer-led recurrent selection, chestnut production in the Midwest is coming into its own. A new program from the Center of Agroforesty seeks to build on that success and ramp up chestnut breeding and production.
Hosts Jason Fischbach and Ashley Olson discuss winter production of spinach in high tunnels with Chris Duke of Great Oak Farm and Bill Warner of Snug Haven Farm. Have a high tunnel greenhouse that sits empty all winter? Tune in and learn about the winter spinach option.
Host Jason Fischbach is on site with UW-Madison researchers Dave Bohnhoff and Scott Sanford testing mechanical harvesters on hedgerows of hybrid hazelnut shrubs. Is mechanical harvest of hazelnuts possible? Listen in.
Hosts Jason Fischbach and Carl Duley interview Chris Patton of the Midwest Elderberry Cooperative and Natasha Simeon of Regeneration Acres about elderberries. The interview covers production, products, marketing, and information about the elderberry cooperative.
Hosts Ashley Olson and Jerry Clark interview Dr. Shelby Ellison about ongoing work to commercialize industrial hemp for CBD in Wisconsin.
UW-Madison Extension Agriculture Agent and UMHDI hazelnut researcher walks around his hazelnut field (in a storm) in late-July and provides information on doing yield ratings, getting ready for harvest, scouting for wildlife, and (ouch!) bald-faced hornets.
Hosts Carl Duley and Jerry Clark interview Dr. Pat Hayes, Post-doc Brigid Meints, and Dr. Lucia Gutierrez about a nationwide effort to develop naked (hulless) barley into a food crop.
Hosts Joe Zimbric and Jerry Clark interview Iowa State’s Tim Youngquist and Omar de Kok-Mercado about Prairie STRIPS (Science-Based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips). Prairie STRIPS are strategically placed native prairie plantings designed to intercept stormwater, build soil, and provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife in row-crop fields.
Hosts Carl Duley and Jerry Clark interview Dr. Pat Hayes and his malting barley crew at Oregon State University about breeding and growing malting barley for terroir-based flavor.
Hosts Carl Duley and Jason Fischbach interview guests Colin Cureton, Supply Chain Development Specialist with the University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative and Valentin Picasso, UW-Madison Assistant Professor of Forage and Grazing. The interview covers efforts to develop intermediate wheatgrass into a crop for the Upper Midwest.
Hosts Carl Duley and George Koepp interview Peggy and Randy Urness of Fine Bine Farms. Peggy and Randy discuss how they grow, harvest, process, and sell hops in Wisconsin.
Hosts Jerry Clark and Ashley Olson discuss hazelnuts in the Upper Midwest with guests Jason Fischbach, UW-Extension Agriculture Agent, and Lois Braun, Research Scientist with University of Minnesota. Lois and Jason have coordinated the Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative since 2007.
Hosts Jerry Clark and Carl Duley discuss industrial hemp with guest Dr. Heather Darby, Extension Agronomy Specialist with the University of Vermont.