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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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2021 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management Now Available

By Kacey Deamer / April 5, 2021

Cornell Field Crops and the Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) at Cornell University is pleased to announce the availability of the 2021 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management.  Written by Cornell University specialists, this publication is designed to offer producers, seed and chemical dealers, and crop consultants practical information on growing and managing field corn, forages, small grains,…

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Cows in a dairy barn.

Older Cows Are More Profitable

By David Balbian / April 5, 2021

It’s not uncommon for dairy producers and their advisors to discuss culling rates and how many heifers need to be raised to maintain or grow the milking herd. The conversation at times leads to discussions about how long it takes a first calf heifer to pay for herself. In other words, how long does she…

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When Is a Weed a Weed?

By Ulf Kintzel  / April 5, 2021

Determining which pasture weeds are nutritious additions and which are undesirable.  Weeds are called weeds because we named them that way. The word “weed” suggests they are undesirable. However, not all weeds are created equal. This article addresses that.  Perennial pasture never contains just the planted and desirable forage species like the grass species and the legumes that…

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Sergio and Silvia Rosario participated in the Master Class series, then applied for a Smart Farming Team grant, gaining access to a small team of Spanish-speaking agricultural consultants to further their financial skills sets in support of their farm business.

What it Means to Join a Smart Farming Team

By Nicole Waters / April 5, 2021

Two farms’ stories of building new skill sets while also building community.  The Smart Farming Team initiative has become one of the most impactful elements of the Labor Ready Project. Offering farm business owners the time and space necessary to address specific challenges facing their farm businesses, New York State producers worked in teams to build critical…

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A new calf stands by its mother.

Some Considerations for Beef Cattle Calving

By Rich Taber / April 5, 2021

In part four of our “What’s Your Beef?” series on raising cattle on small farms, we present several management factors for your beef cow-calf herd to take into consideration.  This is the fourth installment in our ongoing series “What’s Your Beef?” to assist new and beginning beef cattle producers. Previous installments can be seen in recent…

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Two seedlings growing out of soil blocks.

Soil Blocking in Five Easy Steps

By Petra Page-Mann / April 5, 2021

Soil blocks can lead to the remarkable health of transplants compared to their cousins grown in cell trays.  The Dutch have been developing modern soil blocking for nearly a century.  Planting seeds into cubes of soil was documented 2,000 years ago in Central America, as well.   I love soil blocks for the remarkable health of transplants compared…

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Benjamin Houlton, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, stands by some cows in a pasture.

Dean Houlton: Leading Through Extension with Humility and Responsibility

By Katie Baildon / April 5, 2021

A conversation with Dean Benjamin Houlton from the “Extension Out Loud” podcast.  In this episode of “Extension Out Loud,” a podcast by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), Benjamin Houlton, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, shares his journey and his vision for carrying forth Cornell’s Land Grant mission in New York state.     From his midwest agricultural…

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News from the Cornell Small Farms Program, Spring 2021

By Kacey Deamer / April 5, 2021

Labor Ready Project Shares Farmers’ Stories  Our Labor Ready seeks to enhance the efficiency and overall success of NYS fruit and vegetable farm businesses through professional development for Ag managers, with a special emphasis on creating opportunities for growth and career development for aspiring Latinx farm employees. In a new video series, we highlight the experience of two NYS farmers as…

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Cows in a dairy barn.

Antibiotic Usage & Pathways

By Betsy Hicks / April 5, 2021

On‐Farm Perspectives from CNY Dairy Producers  Pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and other emerging contaminants have been gaining attention across agricultural, environmental, and public health sectors. Slowly, we have expanded our understanding of the broader impacts of these compounds and how they can potentially move in our food, water, soil and air. As consumers as well as farmers,…

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