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Features of Trees Useful for Identification

By Peter Smallidge / January 11, 2021

Learning to identify the trees on your property will help you enjoy and better manage your land.  Woodland owners who learn how to identify the trees and other vegetation on their property are better able to enjoy their land, and will make more informed decisions about their management actions. The terminology associated with dendrology, the study of trees, can be…

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Healthy Soil for Urban Farm Production: Building from Scratch

By Kyle Rittenburg / January 11, 2021

Thanks to a SARE-funded grant, a nonprofit Urban Farm in Binghamton, NY, was able to experiment with new ways of creating a vegetable production field from scratch.  As we all know, a robust regional food system is an important step toward becoming a more sustainable and equitable society. While rural agriculture is the backbone of a regional…

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Faces of Solar Grazing

By Ashley Bridge / January 11, 2021

In part three of our “Solar Grazing“ series, meet some graziers and learn about their operations.    In this article, we will look at how each solar grazier has organized their operation and how they have benefited from membership in the American Solar Grazing Association (ASGA). Lewis Fox, Julie Bishop, and Carolina Solar Services were all kind enough to share their knowledge and experience of solar grazing…

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These White Dorper rams need very little input to maintain their body weight throughout the year.

Caring for Rams Beyond Breeding Season

By Ulf Kintzel  / January 11, 2021

How to care for a ram once your breeding season has ended.  It is winter right now and your breeding season has probably ended. What should be done with your ram or rams? According to the questions I receive, the first inclination of people is to remove the ram from the flock. My advice is to leave the ram with the ewes after the official…

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COVID-19 Prevention Efforts by New York farmers

By Richard Stup / January 11, 2021

A survey of farm managers conducted during summer 2020. New York farmers confronted a massive, new challenge in 2020 from the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes in humans, COVID-19. Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development conducted a survey to capture a snapshot of the actions that farmers took in their…

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A well-built rectangular-shaped round bale feeder used for multi species feeding.

Beef Handling and Feeding Equipment Considerations

By Rich Taber / January 11, 2021

In part three of our “What’s Your Beef?” series on raising cattle on small farms, we help you answer the questions of how to safely and efficiently feed and handle large beef cattle.  This is the third installment in a multi-part series on raising beef cattle on the small farm. Previous installments can be viewed in the Summer and…

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A handful of grains.

From Farm to Oven

By Sarah Brannen / January 11, 2021

This past spring, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub began distributing five-pound bags of flour to bakers and bakeries for trial.   The Hudson Valley may be known for apples, cider, and fall pumpkin picking, but grains are beginning to receive their due attention.  In recent years small grains, such as wheat and rye, have become a newfound focus for…

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Reflections from a New York State Farm Tour

By George Borrello / January 11, 2021

Senator George M. Borrello shares the dedication and innovation define today’s farmers.  In the corner of New York State where I grew up, farming was and still is part of the fabric of daily life. Both of my grandfathers were concord grape farmers, which gave me the opportunity to experience the seasonal rhythm of the farm, the attachment to the land, and deep-rooted sense of independence. Family farming also means operating a small…

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News from the Cornell Small Farms Program, Winter 2021

By Kacey Deamer / January 11, 2021

We are excited to announce an expansion of our team with three new additions: Jamie, Molly and Nina. Each has been involved in our program’s work in some way over the years, and we are glad to now have them as formal members of our team.  Jamie Johnson will be the first dedicated multimedia assistant on…

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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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