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Organic is one of the most dynamic and fast-growing segments of the U.S. agricultural market and is an increasingly important engine of growth for New York's farmers, large and small. Cornell supports organic agriculture and dairy through numerous research and extension activities.

The information on this website is a valuable resource for farmers and gardeners, agricultural educators, governmental agency representatives, university faculty and extension educators, and all others interested in organic production systems.

Visit the producers and gardeners resources pages for specific production strategies for everything from squash to seed corn.

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https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/farm-resilience/
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https://www.nyfarmnet.org/

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GDD Base 50 - May 1 - October 3

Weather Outlook – October 3, 2019

Oct 3, 2019

FROST WARNING: A much cooler week is in store compared to last week, with a good chance of a 1-2 inch rainfall event for upstate NY from late Sunday through Tuesday.  After today’s rain, clear skies will reappear later Friday and particularly Saturday.   This will lead to a widespread frost for much of  northern and central NY Saturday morning. 

Richard Ball, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets commissioner

Head of Ag and Markets hailed as Friend of Extension

Sep 26, 2019

Richard Ball, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets commissioner, was presented the Friend of Extension Award by Cornell Cooperative Extension at a ceremony Sept. 26 at Cornell’s Statler Hotel.

GDD Base 50 - May 1 - September 25

Weather Outlook –September 26, 2019

Sep 26, 2019

Last week temperatures ranged from near normal to 8 degrees above normal. Precipitation has ranged from a trace to 2 inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 30 to 110.

GDD Base 50 - May 1 - September 11

Weather Outlook –September 12, 2019

Sep 12, 2019

Last week temperatures were near normal to 6 degrees below normal. Precipitation has ranged from a trace to 2 inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 20 to 100. Above-normal temperatures this week!

GDD Base 50 - May 1 - August 28

Weather Outlook – August 29, 2019

Aug 29, 2019

Last week temperatures were near normal to 4 degrees below normal. Precipitation has ranged from a trace to 3 inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 50 to 130.

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