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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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Easy Ways to Harvest More this Fall

By Petra Page-Mann / October 20, 2020

Here in the Northeast, finding easy ways to extend our season is essential to eating well as the days grow short.   After years of working on farms and experimenting at Fruition Seeds, here are the four keys of season extension:  sowing the right seeds,  using the right tools,  at just the right time,  and harvesting…

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Tracing Broccoli: The Journey from Seed to Table

By Amy Wu / April 6, 2020

This green plant is a window into better understanding food production and distribution at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub.   In the spring of 2019, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub began following several trays of broccoli on camera as a window into the process of growing vegetables — from production to distribution.   While production is a process that can be broken…

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In the News: Deep Dive into Compost

By Kelsie Raucher / March 13, 2020

Reduced tillage practices and weed suppression management are common goals of small-scale organic farmers.   A lesser-known method is deep-composting, which was presented by the Reduced Tillage Project and a team of Cornell University researchers at the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Winter Conference as a solution to weed suppression in a reduced tillage system. …

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Green Cherry Tomato ‘Jaded’ Offers Options in Color

By Talia Isaacson / March 4, 2020

Meet ‘Jaded’, the newest cherry tomato cultivar from Cornell Agritech! As part of a growing collection of diverse cherry tomato varieties, including the Galaxy Suite, Jaded offers growers a whole new color option: it ripens green, but maintains the sweetness of a ripe red.  “When people think of sweeter types of products, green doesn’t necessarily…

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Creating Corn to Survive the Cold Spells

By Kelsie Raucher / February 12, 2020

Though it is so prominent nation- and worldwide, corn is actually a tropical crop. As demand for food grows with a growing population, new efforts are in the works to increase the cold tolerance of this staple crop. Former research found that the enzyme Rubisco, critical for turning carbon dioxide into sugar, decreases when plants…

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Extension and Growers Collaborate to Fight Leaf Blight

By Kelsie Raucher / February 6, 2020

The last five years have been challenging for onion growers in New York State, as a fungus has caused premature leaf death on onions in the field. More than 75% of growers in the state have been affected by Stemphylium leaf blight (SLB), an old disease which has re-emerged and become prevalent after an increase…

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New software helps plant breeders bring out their best

By Melanie Lefkowitz / October 7, 2019

Broccoli is in the eye of the beholder. A head of broccoli that might appeal to one person – perhaps because of its deep green color – may leave another cold, due to an asymmetrical shape or too-large buds. Cornell researchers participating in the Eastern Broccoli Project, which aims to produce broccoli varieties suited to grow…

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On-Farm Variety Improvement Part II: Selection and Plant Breeding

By Kristen Loria / October 7, 2019

This article is a follow up to “On-Farm Plant Breeding Pt. I: Getting Started with Diversity”, published in the Summer 2019 SFQ. Starting there will provide more context to understand the following information. What is Selection? Selection is the basis of planting breeding. When we talk about selection as plant breeders, we are referring to…

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Six Mistakes to Avoid When Planting Garlic & Shallots

By Petra Page-Mann / October 7, 2019

Here are the keys to surrounding yourself with beauty and abundance. Garlic and shallots are among the easiest and most rewarding crops to grow, though harvesting gorgeously massive, long-storing bulbs not a cakewalk. I’ve grown garlic here in the Finger Lakes for over nearly three decades and here are six mistakes I’ve made. In sharing…

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