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Plant pathologists help thwart vexing grain disease

May 22, 2014
To protect wheat for bread and barley for beer, Cornell plant pathologists have been evaluating ways to battle fungal blight. Recently the scientists found that a local fungal strain is no longer controlled by a key fungicide. Their findings provide warning to farmers, who can, however, surmount field problems with sound pest management practices. Read more

Juneberries gain popularity with Northeast farmers

May 6, 2014
Like the taste of cherries, raisins and almonds? How about all in one?  Try a juneberry. After Chris Luley planted a few of the shrubs on his organic farm just to try them out, he soon found customers and local chefs clamoring for more of the purple fruit with a taste that’s been described as a combination of those flavors. Read more
NYS Schools

Already sharing services, NYS schools could do more

Apr 24, 2014
One provision of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s property tax freeze plan – that tax rebates go to homeowners in localities with a “shared services or administrative consolidation plan” – should not be hard for most school districts. Read more

New alfalfa variety resists ravenous local pest

Apr 22, 2014
Cornell plant breeders have released a new alfalfa variety with some resistance against the alfalfa snout beetle, which has ravaged alfalfa fields in nine northern New York counties and across the St. Lawrence River in Canada. Read more

For a greening Cornell, three is a gold STARS charm

Mar 13, 2014
In the continuing effort to save energy, enhance environmental operations and increase ecological education, Cornell earned its third consecutive gold STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Read more
Winter Harvest

Study: Winter harvest boosts feedstock security

Mar 10, 2014
A drought two years ago left dairy farmers with a feed shortage and a lingering question: Can the off-season generate a second harvest? Results from a large collaborative project led by the Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program (NMSP) shows that it can, and ongoing work will refine nitrogen fertilization guidelines to ensure optimal crop production with reduced risk of soil loss and nitrogen leaching. Read more
Research Plots

Research plots protected from deer damage

Dec 5, 2013
From tomato to alfalfa, strawberry to corn, deer are eager participants when it comes to eating research. Heavy deer pressure threatens the productivity and accuracy of most small-plot, field-based agricultural research. Until now, staff from many research programs installed temporary electric fencing around each and every field, which represented a significant ongoing investment in time and materials. Read more
Dilmun Hill Student Farm

Permaculture expert leads tour at Dilmun Hill Student Farm

Oct 26, 2013
Over 40 farmers, gardeners and students joined an interactive tour with permaculture expert and author Ben Falk at Dilmun Hill Student Farm, on Wednesday afternoon. The tour was followed by a presentation, which was attended by about 70, leaving standing room only. Read more
organics movement

Breeders, seed savers advance organics movement

Sep 4, 2013
Gardeners in search of the perfect, pesticide-free pepper – that can be grown organically under local weather conditions – are unlikely to find seeds in a shop. But they may soon benefit from a participatory plant breeding and seed saving movement that is gaining momentum with help from Cornell scientists and alumni. Read more

Research reaps the benefits of new combine

Aug 14, 2013
It may weigh more than three tons, but the new research combine in use on the farms of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station(CUAES) is a model of precision and flexibility. Tailor-made for research, the combine will help Cornell researchers extract crucial information from grain trials—from evaluating the performance of new varieties to assessing methods for disease control. Read more

Farmers flock to Musgrave Research Farm

Jul 23, 2013
More than 100 farmers, crop consultants, industry representatives, student interns, and Cornell Cooperative Extension specialists braved high temperatures and rain on July 18 to learn about the latest field crop research at Cornell’s Musgrave Research Farm in Aurora, N.Y. Read more
Mark Hersgaard

Mark Hertsgaard explores biochar as defenses against climate change

Jul 18, 2013
A gigantic, steaming-hot mound of compost is not the first place most people would search for a solution to climate change, but the hour is getting very late. “The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade,” declares a new report from the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization, which added that the decade was “the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850.” Read more
Margaret Smith

Researchers debate the safety of genetically modified foods

Jul 14, 2013
Seventy percent of items in American grocery stores contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) – ingredients that have been scientifically engineered in laboratories to enhance certain traits such as insect, disease and water resistance.           Read more

An ancient breed is resurrected in great grain revival

Jul 10, 2013
For a grain, red fife wheat has a colorful history. Famed for its flavor, it is believed to have crossed several continents and the Atlantic before arriving in 1842 in Canada, where it gained a foothold and spawned many modern varieties. Read more


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