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BLANCHARDVILLE, Wis. – Mike Berg credits his love for conservation to his father, Byron Berg. His father was an early adopter of contour-strip farming as well as no-till. The father-and-son team also constructed diversions on about 100 acres to channel rainwater so it would flow at a slower rate on the family’s rolling farm in Lafayette County, Wisconsin.

“I will nerd out unless you stop me,” Allison Jonjak replied to a question regarding naturally occurring nutrients in cranberry beds.

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A new disease-resistant potato called “CIP-Matilde” has been released by the International Potato Center and the Crop Trust. It was developed by farmers, breeders and scientists in Peru who identified wild potatoes with resistance to disease. Breeders then incorporated the resistance into cultivated varieties. The new potato withstands late blight, a disease that can destroy a potato crop in a matter of weeks.

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Editor’s note: Jason Maloney, his wife, Cindy Dillenschneider, and their Australian Shepherd, Red, recently headed north through Wisconsin’s far-north forests to cross a recently opened border. Agri-View asked them to share their adventure.