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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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New Book on Wild Honeybee Biology Can Help Small-Scale Beekeepers Build Resilient Hives

By Nina Sannes / June 6, 2019

A new book by a Cornell University professor illustrates the fascinating and previously little-known biology of wild honeybees, and details management strategies for small-scale beekeepers in a changing world. “The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild,” by Thomas Seeley, is currently the No. 1 best seller in entomology…

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New York Soil Health Trailer: Learn about Compaction and Soil Health in Northeast Pastures

By Nina Sannes / June 4, 2019

The New York Soil Health Trailer brought spring 2019 “Train the Trainer” programs, taught by New York Soil Health Trailer Coordinator and Cornell Extension Specialist Fay Benson, Soil Structure Consultant Larry Hepner, and Cornell Soil Health Laboratory Director Bob Schindelbeck to Brunswick and Troupsburg, N.Y . Seventeen grazing educators attended the two trainings, offered as…

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Baskets to Pallets Project Offers Farmers Technical Support

By Kacey Deamer / June 3, 2019

Now in its fifth year, the Cornell Small Farms Program’s Baskets to Pallets project has offered three regional trainings to a sum of 120 farmers. The goal of our farmer trainings is to better prepare small and mid-sized farmers to successfully sell into scale-appropriate wholesale markets. While farmers usually leave trainings with a list of…

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Upcoming Mushroom Webinar to Feature Budget Tools and More

By Kacey Deamer / May 30, 2019

The Cornell Small Farms Program’s project focused on specialty mushroom farming enterprises is holding a monthly webinar series highlighting the latest research and stories from experienced growers around the region. These free webinars will occur on the first Wednesday of each month, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, and will be recorded and posted…

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Applications Open for New York “Armed to Farm” Veteran Training

By Kacey Deamer / May 28, 2019

Military veterans are now welcome to apply to attend the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training, hosted by the Cornell Small Farms Program’s Farm Ops and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) this summer. Held from July 29 to August 2, 2019, in Victor, NY, the ATF training allows veterans and their spouses to…

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