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Apples at the Cornell Orchards

Journey of a Cornell Orchards apple: 5 steps from tree to table

Dec 5, 2018

The Cornell Orchards support research projects, from developing pest and disease resistant fruit, to extending the harvest periods and storage life of crops. Some of the more than 50 apple varieties are also used to supply the Cornell community with fresh local fruit and cider.  

Drone capturing video of corn field at Musgrave Research Farm

Plant breeder taps latest technology to feed the world

Oct 31, 2018

Mike Gore, Ph.D. '09, professor of plant breeding and genetics, is working on a more efficient way to develop crops that produce higher yields and better nutrition profiles as the world's population grows.

One of Cornell's greenhouses, flooded by pink growing lights

Growing the world's food in greenhouses

Oct 4, 2018

Can greenhouse crop production become efficient enough to produce food for the masses? Neil Mattson and his research team are tackling the challenges.

An adult Hypena opulenta moth

Moth provides hope against invasive swallow-wort

Jul 9, 2018

Pale and black swallow-wort are rapidly invading fields and forests across the Northeast, including New York, but a moth from the Ukraine holds promise to keep the weed in check.

A field of grain

Farmers get guidance on growing new perennial grains

Mar 21, 2018

While most industrial grain crops are annuals that must be replanted every year, a new perennial grain called Kernza has hit the markets with growing interest from restaurants, bakeries and brewers.

Two men standing in front of a truck

New seed catalog restores vegetable flavor to savor

Feb 27, 2018

Cornell plant breeder Michael Mazourek, chef Dan Barber and seed producer Matthew Goldfarb have launched a new vegetable seed catalog that provides a vegetable bounty that any foodie will crave.

A tractor in a field

Northeast farmers weigh warm climate, drenched fields

Dec 13, 2017

Farmers in the Northeast are adopting production habits tailored to longer, warming climate conditions, but they may face spring planting whiplash as they confront saturated fields from heavy rain.