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Erin Rodger is the Senior Manager of the Cornell AgriTech Office of Marketing and Communications. She can be reached at ef383@cornell.edu.
An image of the Cherry Ember tomato shows bright red skin with yellow stripes.

New Cherry Ember Tomato Reveals Stripey Charm, Bright Flavor

By Erin Rodger / April 5, 2021

This new cherry tomato variety from Cornell AgriTech provides improved yield and shelf-life while enhancing both visual and culinary appeal.  Cherry tomatoes are a staple in home gardens, farm fields and local food markets, but growing them can be a challenging undertaking. Now, a new variety from Cornell AgriTech provides improved yield and shelf-life while enhancing both visual and culinary…

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A tractor uses a mechanical thinner in a Cornell AgriTech orchard.

Study Charts How Orchards Can Leverage Mechanical Thinning and Pruning without Spreading Fire Blight

By Erin Rodger / January 11, 2021

Apple fire blight is a devastating disease that causes an estimated $100 million of damage in U.S. orchards annually.  Pruning an apple orchard comes with many rewards for commercial apple growers including optimal crop load, ripeness and sugar levels. Mechanical pruning and thinning is an effective alternative to long and laborious hand pruning, but commercial orchards have…

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