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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.

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.

Wood Chips

Wood chips could help cleanse farm field run-off

Oct 22, 2013

Cornell hydrologist Todd Walter and his colleagues Larry Geohring and Tammo Steenhuis may have found a simple solution to a complex pollution problem caused by agricultural run-off: wood chips.

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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.


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.


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.

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.”

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.          


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.

Tractor and farmer

Agriculture and climate change meet at new institute

Jun 28, 2013

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.


Permaculture garden grows food for Trillium

Jun 26, 2013

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.

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Volunteers pitch in to plant 800 trees

May 23, 2013

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.

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New tool helps farmers nip nitrogen losses

May 13, 2013

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.


$9.9M grant to reduce dairy's environmental hoofprint

May 9, 2013

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.

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Greening campus: students install custom sod

May 8, 2013

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.


Iron Lady tomatoes resist three fungal diseases

Mar 14, 2013

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.

Steve McKay

Steve McKay earns IPM award for dedication, expertise and leadership

Feb 14, 2013

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.

Energy Survey

Energy survey, report aid in saving energy

Jan 21, 2013

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.

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Panel focuses on farming in unpredictable weather

Jan 14, 2013

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.