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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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GDD Base 50 - May 1 - August 21

Weather Outlook – August 22, 2019

Aug 23, 2019

A pretty tranquil week is in store for New York.  Temperatures will be very close to normal and there will be little if any rainfall through late Tuesday at the earliest.  Daytime high temperatures will be mainly in the 70s to low 80s at best through Tuesday and a bit warmer on Wednesday (low- mid 80s).

A male and two females sit on buckets in a field smiling and sorting through crops.

Michael Rosato: Creating a more sustainable and affordable future for New York growers

Aug 23, 2019

Michael Rosato, a doctoral student studying under the guidance of Steve Reiners, professor and chair of the horticulture section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, is evaluating the soil sulfur levels on vegetable farms across New York State and conducting sulfur fertilizer trails that have economically important crops for growers. 

GDD Base 50 - May 1 - August 14

Weather Outlook – August 15, 2019

Aug 16, 2019

Last week temperatures ranged within 2 degrees of normal. Precipitation has ranged from a quarter inch to 3 inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 80 to 160.

GDD Base 50 - May 1 - August 7

Weather Outlook – August 8, 2019

Aug 8, 2019

Last week temperatures ranged within 2 degrees of normal. Precipitation has ranged from a hundredth of an inch to near 3 inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 70 to 170.

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