For farmers, a warming climate challenges fundamental decisions they have always made based on the certainty of the weather – such as when to plant various crops, which varieties to choose or what investments in cooling or irrigation infrastructure would make the most economic sense. They will soon have a resource to help them navigate the changes: the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture. Allison Morrill Chatrchyan becomes its first director Sept. 1. Read more
Diners at Trillium need not look farther than out the window to see where part of their meal originates.
The basil in their pasta or cilantro in their Quesadilla may have been plucked from the new garden adjacent to Kennedy Hall, constructed by students last week. Read more
More than 30 volunteers from Cornell University and George Junior Republic School planted about 800 trees on two acres at Cornell’s Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm in Freeville, N.Y., May 18. Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES) and Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources hosted the tree-planting party. Read more
A new tool helps farmers feed crops only as much as they really need.
The free Web-based tool, Adapt-N, draws on local soil, crop and weather data – including high resolution climate data stored at the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell – to provide better estimates of nitrogen fertilizer needs for corn, in real time, throughout the season. Read more
A team of scientists from seven universities – including three from Cornell – has joined forces with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a five-year, $9.9 million project to study the environmental impact of dairy production systems in the Great Lakes region and develop best management practices for producers to implement on farms. Read more
Have you ever wondered why the grass along Tower Road looked so miserable even though it runs alongside the Plant Sciences building?
A group of students from the “Grassing the Urban Eden” class (HORT 4931) recently re-sodded the side of the road, from Garden Avenue towards Day Hall, to transform the grim strips along the sidewalk into a long green carpet in just an hour. Read more
If the name fits, grow it: "Iron Lady" is the first tomato to resist three major fungal diseases - early blight, late blight and Septoria leaf spot - plaguing New York's growers for years. For farmers, this new tomato dramatically reduces the need for expensive fungicide. Read more
Three days after Tropical Storm Lee blew through the Northeast in early September 2011, turning streams into rivers, then lakes, getting a tractor into the waterlogged research plots at Cornell University's Thompson Research Farm was an obvious no-go. So farm manager Steve McKay slipped on a backpack sprayer and slogged through the muddy fields bordering Fall Creek. Read more
A report based on a spring 2012 energy-use survey at Cornell has been made available online, and the findings could help Cornellians -- from individuals to campus groups -- interested in saving energy. Read more
With 2012 going down as the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States, it was fitting that a Cornell-led panel titled “Farming Through Unpredictability” kicked off the 181st New York State Agricultural Society forum Jan. 9 in Liverpool, N.Y. Read more
Cornell's agricultural experiment stations and cooperative extension will allocate annual federal grants to land-grant universities of $9 million to study food systems, environmental problems. Read more
From farm tours and presentations about soil health and organic grain research to bread and pizza tasting: the recent field day at Willsboro had much to offer to all participants. Area farmers were eager to learn about season extension and grains and grapes especially suitable for the North East. Read more
Steve McKay, farm manager at Cornell's Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm in Freeville, N.Y., was recently recognized as the 178th recipient of the George Peter Award for Dedicated Service. Read more