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Cover Crop Economics: Opportunities to Improve Your Bottom Line in Row Crops

By Nina Sannes / July 15, 2019

Cover crops present a myriad of benefits to farmers in terms of soil health, weed suppression, improved water availability, and much more. The millions of acres of cover crops currently planted throughout the country are proof that they are becoming more and more attractive to growers in the United States. It is established that cover…

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Learn to Grow Mushrooms in Upcoming NYC Workshop

By Claire Morrow / July 8, 2019

Specialty mushrooms are easy to grow and maintain, making them a lucrative product for beginning and experienced growers alike. These mushrooms often require little start-up costs, and may even only require materials you already have on hand.  On Wednesday July 17, the Cornell Small Farms Program’s specialty mushroom project is partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension,…

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Has New York Found the Secret to Linking Retiring Farmers and Eager Upstarts?

By Nina Sannes / July 1, 2019

Connecting retiring farmers and young upstarts is just the first step of a newly expanding statewide program — funding, access to markets, and a community of support help complete the picture. At the end of 2017, Sandy Gordon spent six weeks helping Joshua Rockwood move his entire farming operation across about 30 miles of upstate…

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Upcoming Mushroom Webinar to Highlight Safety and Regulations

By Kacey Deamer / June 28, 2019

The next installment of the Cornell Small Farms Program’s specialty mushroom project’s monthly webinar series is coming up on July 3. These free webinars occur on the first Wednesday of each month, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, and will be recorded and posted for later viewing on the Cornell Small Farms Program’s YouTube channel. Click…

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Farm Insurance Flash Poll: We Want to Hear From You

By Kacey Deamer / June 24, 2019

Most of us carry insurance for our home, vehicles and property. Not all of us consider insurance for our farm businesses, products or value added enterprises. In fact, many of you have shared challenges with finding insurance for parts of your business. This flash poll is to help us understand more about the unmet needs…

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Alfalfa-Grass Forage Trials Improve Choices for Farmers & Cows

By Claire Morrow / June 19, 2019

The addition of alfalfa to dairy forage can support healthy milk production. However, because alfalfa relies on temperature to grow rather than day length like grass, it can be challenging to know what varieties to plant in our region that will translate into the perfect mix of forage for New York dairy cows. The Northern…

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CALS Team Promotes Adoption of Onion IPM Program to Fight Pests, Cut Chemical Sprays

By Nina Sannes / June 17, 2019

The value of the onion crop in New York state is between $40 and $50 million annually, but that figure is threatened by the predation of onion thrips. Onions are a high value vegetable crop that can only be grown on specific nutrient-rich soils, with the potential to make a grower up to $6,000 per…

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Summer Field Days to Feature Reduced Tillage Project’s Tarping Research

By Kacey Deamer / June 14, 2019

Join the Cornell Small Farms Program staff for an Organic@Cornell field tour at the Thompson Vegetable Research Farm on July 31 in Freeville, NY, to talk about using tarps to suppress weeds with less tillage. We’ll be sharing results alongside other Cornell and CCE educators in partnership with NOFA–NY. At the “Innovations in Organic Vegetable…

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Five Simple Steps to Improve Biosecurity Around Livestock

By Mary Kate Wheeler / June 12, 2019

  Now that we’re on the verge of summer, some farms may start to see an increase in foot traffic. Dairy farms receive regular visits from feed dealers, nutritionists, veterinarians, and other agricultural service providers, not to mention the milk truck. Livestock producers may open their doors to the public for farm tours and other…

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Heat or Drought: Which is the Main Driver of Crop Yields in a Changing Climate?

By Nina Sannes / June 10, 2019

Increasing temperatures and weather volatility are expected to have a substantial impact on crop yields in the coming decades. Adaptable solutions are necessary to ensure the future of food production and of farming as a profitable venture. Whether yield loss will be mainly driven from dry conditions or increased temperatures has, so far, remained uncertain.…

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