‘Wisconsin Foodie’ Luke Zahm, Cicada emergence, Rural response to climate change, Soil fumigation

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A periodical cicada lands on an Iris leaf.
A periodical cicada lands on an Iris leaf in a garden in Lawrence, Kan., on May 29, 2015. Orlin Wagner/AP Photo

We explore restaurant news with “Wisconsin Foodie” host Luke Zahm. Then, we get updates on this summer’s rare double-emergence of cicada broods. Then, we hear about two new rural partnerships responding to climate change. Then, a plant pathologist discusses the effects of pesticides.

Featured in this Episode

  • Wisconsin restaurants

    Restaurant costs are up over 4 percent from March last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. We get an update from “Wisconsin Foodie” host Luke Zahm on the state’s restaurants.

  • The coming brood awakening of cicadas in the Midwest

    The familiar buzzing of cicadas will be louder this summer in southern Wisconsin and louder still elsewhere in the Midwest as billions of the insect emerge from 13- and 17-year stays underground. Department of Natural Resources entomologist Mike Hillstrom shares with us his cicada knowledge.

  • Two new rural partnership projects aim to reduce water pollution, prepare for climate change

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding two Wisconsin Rural Partnerships Institute projects. We talk with leaders of the projects, which aim to protect drinking water and help rural communities prepare for weather extremes brought on by climate change.

  • Pesticide use on potato fields

    New research into soil fumigation or pesticide application to potato fields in Wisconsin suggests the common practice has different results in different regions. We talk to a UW-Madison plant pathologist about the practice, soil health and sustainable agriculture.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Luke Zahm Guest
  • Mike Hillstrom Guest
  • Jed Calquhoun Guest
  • Ken Genskow Guest
  • Richard Lankau Guest
  • Keegan Kyle Executive Producer
  • Royce Podeszwa Producer
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director