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Climate Change on the County Level

If you haven’t already seen the impact of climate change in your area, you can now. A  new tool allows users to view change in climate by county, thanks to work by the Cornell Center for Climate Smart Farming and Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions . The tool should be particularly useful to educators, … Read More

Extension and NYS Apple Growers Partner on Innovation

Bans on the apple industry’s go-to thinning chemical, carbaryl, by retailers such as Whole Foods Markets have prompted New York apple producers, CCE educators and Cornell researchers to team up to examine a mechanical blossom thinning alternative to carbaryl. by RJ Anderson For optimal yield and fruit quality, apple growers in the United States have long relied … Read More

Use of GIS in Agriculture

by Kyle Dornich A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a tool that creates visual representations of data and performs spatial analyses in order to make informed decisions. It is a technology that combines hardware, software, and data. The data can represent almost anything imaginable so long as it has a geographic component. The hardware can … Read More

Conventional Tillage on the Small Farm

by Rich Taber “The plow is the symbol of labor and tillage of the soil’, and is an often recited line from the opening ceremony of the FFA (Future Farmers of America).  Throughout mankind’s history, people slowly transformed from hunting cultures, then to hunting-gathering, and then to farming. Since the dawn of the age of … Read More

The Farming Year Wraps Up: Some Cropping Activities to Consider

by Rich Taber The year of 2015 was certainly a roller coaster year as far as weather patterns went. The springtime started out a little dry, and then was followed by a torrentially wet early summer. The incessant rains made getting crops planted and hay harvested in a timely manner all but impossible.  Then we … Read More

Making Hay When the Sun Seldom Shines

by Rich Taber How ironic this summer of 2015 has been! When I wrote my article “Making Hay While the Sun Shines” for the last edition of SFQ, it had been a fairly dry spring. It looked like the summer of 2015 would be short of rain. Not too long after that article was written, … Read More

Reducing Tillage at Goranson Farm

Case study of a farm reducing tillage to improve soils. by Brian Caldwell & Ryan Maher Rob Johanson and Jan Goranson had a good-sized tractor, a 100” rototiller and a potato farm with 35 acres of sandy soil in coastal Maine.  It was the mid 1980’s and they had just purchased the farm from Jan’s mother.  … Read More

Making Hay While the Sun Shines

So you want to make hay, eh? In this fourth installment on farm machinery, I present information for the new, small, or beginning farmer about the equipment, steps, and skills needed to make dry hay. There are many good reasons as to why you should not try to make hay for your farm. First, the … Read More

Farming with an Old Technology that Copies Nature’s Basic Formula

by Edward DuQuette I’ve written and taught on the subject of farming and alterative growing techniques for quite a few years now. Aquaponics has always been my favorite subject to elaborate on. Aquaponics, and its close cousin Hydroponics, both have endured a wave of criticism and praise. But when it’s all said and done, both … Read More

Keeping Your Tractor Running! (Part 3)

by Rich B. Taber This is the third installment in a series on locating, selecting, and maintaining used tractors for the small farm. In the first installment (Fall 2014), we discussed some of the features that you would be looking for on a good used tractor for your small farm. In the second installment (Winter … Read More

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