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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
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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
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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. 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
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. Read more

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. Read more
Tree planting

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. Read more
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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. Read more

$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. Read more