Research plots protected from deer damage
Staff at Thompson Research Farm installed one mile of eight-foot-tall wire fence to protect 30 acres of organic research fence.
Permaculture expert leads tour at Dilmun Hill Student Farm
The contoured swale and raised bed system at Dilmun Hill, is a perfect example of how to implement permaculture principles, expert Ben Falk said at a recent tour of the farm.
Wood chips could help cleanse farm field run-off
Large square trenches filled with wood chips and buried in farm fields have been found to act as a natural filtration system, researchers have found.
Breeders, seed savers advance organics movement
Cornell scientists and alumni are part of a participatory plant breeding movement that seeks to produce organically gown seeds for crops appropriate to local climate conditions.
Research reaps the benefits of new combine
The new research combine in use on the farms of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station is tailor-made for research, and will help Cornell researchers extract crucial information from grain trials—from evaluating the performance of new varieties to assessing methods for disease control.
Farmers flock to Musgrave Research Farm
More than 100 visitors braved high temperatures and rain, to learn about the latest field crop research at Cornell’s Musgrave Research Farm.
Mark Hertsgaard explores biochar as defenses against climate change
A gigantic, steaming-hot mound of compost is not the first place most people would search for a solution to climate change, but during his recent visit to Cornell, journalist and author Mark Hertsgaard explored this possibility hands-on.
Researchers debate the safety of genetically modified foods
Margaret Smith says that we are facing increasing stresses from more erratic weather and new pests, and need every possible tool we can get to help make our crops as productive as they possibly can be.
An ancient breed is resurrected in great grain revival
A Cornell plant breeder is helping to revive red fife wheat and ensuring that what is grown is the real deal.
Interest brews in reviving malted barley crop
With new financial incentives, interest in growing malted barley is growing across the state, and Cornell researchers have tips for farmers.
Agriculture and climate change meet at new institute
The new Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, under director Allison Morrill Chatrchyan, will help farmers adapt to climate change.
Permaculture garden grows food for Trillium
A new student garden outside Kennedy Hall will grow food for Trillium and feature permaculture – a self-sustaining agriculture system in which crops are planted so they work together in mutual benefit.
Volunteers pitch in to plant 800 trees
The planting is part of a research project at Thompson Research Farm evaluating six methods of protecting saplings from browsing deer. As the more than 30 volunteers planted the hardwood seedlings, they measured, staked and tagged them, and the trees’ growth will be carefully tracked over the next few years.
New tool helps farmers nip nitrogen losses
Adapt-N, a free Web-based tool, provides farmers with better estimates of nitrogen fertilizer needs for corn, in real time, throughout the season, saving money and the environment.
$9.9M grant to reduce dairy's environmental hoofprint
Three Cornell scientists have received a five-year, $9.9 million grant to study the environmental impact of dairy production systems in the Great Lakes region.
Greening campus: students install custom sod
To keep the grass along Tower Road greener, students install custom sod on top of a soil/rock mixture, developed at Cornell. The Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station and the Department of Horticulture team up with the Grounds Department for this experiment.
Iron Lady tomatoes resist three fungal diseases
Iron Lady tomatoes developed by Cornell breeders are the first variety of tomato to provide resistance to three fungal diseases.
Steve McKay earns IPM award for dedication, expertise and leadership
McKay, farm manager at Thompson Research Farm, does “an astounding job of caring for research trials,” no matter how dire the weather conditions are. Thompson Research Farm is managed by the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station.
Energy survey, report aid in saving energy
A report based on a spring 2012 energy-use survey at Cornell has been made available online, and the findings could help Cornellians - from individuals to campus groups - interested in saving energy.
Panel focuses on farming in unpredictable weather
Cornell-led panel on farming through unpredictability kicked off the 181st New York State Agricultural Society forum Jan 9 in Liverpool, N.Y.