Temperatures will creep back into the 80s and low 90s next week. The seven-day precipitation amounts will range from 0.10” to 1.25” inches. The 8-14 day outlook (August13-19) favors above-normal temperatures and slightly favors below-normal precipitation.
Contributed by NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University
Last week temperatures ranged from 2 degrees below normal to 4 degrees above normal. Precipitation has ranged from a trace to 2 inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 110-190.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 / 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
In this webinar you’ll learn how Main Street Farms grew from one to 60 acres, scaling up with land, infrastructure, and equipment. It will include a tour of the fields, greenhouses, high tunnels, pack shed, and vegetable warehouse.
Last week temperatures ranged from 2 degrees below normal to more than 10 degrees above normal. Precipitation has ranged from a trace to two inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 60 to over 120.
Last week temperatures ranged from 6 degrees below normal to 2 degrees above normal. Precipitation has ranged from a quarter of an inch to two inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from less than 20 to 70.
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in coordination with its partners, is reaching out to New York producers that have surplus agricultural products as a result of COVID-19-related supply chain disruptions.
A Cornell researcher is part of a multi-institution team helping upstate New York organic farmers grow and increase profitability of perennial grain crops, which can be planted once and will yield grain for multiple years.
This webinar (on Friday, April 17 at 1 pm EDT) will address The Organic Center's new research conducted in partnership with the University of Maryland on the benefits of organic farming to soil health and climate change mitigation, and specific organic soil-building practices to illuminate strategies that have the biggest impacts on soil health.
A webinar on Organic Seed Potato Production by Rue Genger of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is being held on April 15th at 2PM Pacific (3PM Mountain, 4PM Central, 5PM Eastern). It is free and open to the public.
Beginning in 2020, we will undertake a screening effort to describe the distribution of herbicide resistance in the state. This coming summer and fall, growers, crop consultants and allied industry personnel who suspect they have herbicide resistance are encouraged to contact Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie to arrange for weed seed collection.
All farms that meet market and income requirements and which grow fruits and vegetables commonly eaten raw are now required to comply with a new set of regulations aimed at keeping fresh fruits and vegetables free of microbial contamination from such pathogens as Listeria and Salmonella. Thankfully, CCE is here to help farmers navigate new produce safety codes.
eOrganic is holding 2 article competitions for students to win a trip to participate in either the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) in Orlando, FL or the Tri-Societies Conference (ASA, CSSA, SSSA) in Phoenix, AZ in 2020. The article submission deadline for both competitions is February 15, 2020.
After more than 15 years of field use, version 1 of the New York Phosphorus Index (NY-PI) has been updated. The new version (NY-PI 2.0) incorporates new science and does a better job of addressing P loss risk while still giving farm managers options for recycling manure nutrients.
New York Certified Organic (NYCO) has announced a new location for its 2020 meeting series. Martin Auction Barn, located at 1036 NY Route 318 in Waterloo, NY, will host the meetings while the auditorium at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva is renovated.
Sustainable agriculture describes crop management approaches that address the interdependent goals of increasing or at least maintaining yield while protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and slowing climate change.
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, was presented the Friend of Extension Award by Cornell Cooperative Extension at a ceremony Sept. 26 at Cornell’s Statler Hotel.
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!
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).
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.
We conducted a 4-year study at the Aurora Research Farm from 2015 to 2018 to compare different sequences of the corn, soybean, and wheat/red clover rotation in conventional and organic cropping systems under recommended and high input management.
Cornell University, with support from Sustainable, Agriculture, Research, and Education (SARE), is conducting a survey for all fruit, vegetable, field crop, grain, and mixed crop-livestock producers in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Vermont to identify the biggest challenges that farmers face, as well as the best solutions in regards to cover crop incentive programs. You do not need to have experience with cover crops to participate.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Aug. 2 announced $500,000 in funding for the USDA establish the first industrial hemp seed bank in the U.S., co-located at Cornell AgriTech, which will be used to breed and study new hemp cultivars.
Join Kirk and Kathie Arnold at Twin Oaks Dairy on August 14th from 10:00-2:00 and learn about alternative summer forages, mixed intercropping, interseeding into corn, and double cropping with triticale and sorghum sudangrass.
Last week temperatures ranged from near normal to 4 degrees above normal. Precipitation has ranged from a hundredth of an inch to 1 ½ inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 110 to 170. Near normal weather for the next week.
Looking for information on the tick which recently killed 5 cows in NC? The Asian Longhorned Tick is in NY and may threaten our dairy and livestock industries. Also look for the NYS IPM booth at Empire Farm Days to discuss the issue more with a specialist.
Cornell and the Atkinson Center helped organize a workshop, “Helping NYS address its climate goals through thermochemical conversion,” on July 16 to develop opportunities for New York to meet its climate goals.
A new study of cabbage crops in New York – a state industry worth close to $60 million in 2017, according to the USDA – reports for the first time that the effectiveness of releasing natural enemies to combat pests depends on the landscape surrounding the field.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has named Cornell University the winner of the 2019 Northeast Region Community Engagement Scholarship Award. Given by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the award recognizes extraordinary community outreach initiatives by its member universities. Cornell was recognized for its interdisciplinary farmworker research and collaboration initiatives, which collectively benefit thousands of farmworkers in 40 counties across New York state and beyond.
In a new collaboration, students from Dairy Herd Management teamed up with students in Topics in Cloud Computing to learn how to work together to develop the kinds of digital tools that could reshape farming.
David Wolfe, professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, told a congressional committee in a hearing on agricultural resiliency that climate change impacts have been more complex and severe than scientists had forecast three decades ago.
Last week temperatures ranged within 2 degrees of normal. Precipitation has ranged from half an inch to over 2 inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 40 to 120. Unsettled conditions for most of the week with a few dry periods.
Researchers from Cornell Entomology and the School of Integrative Plant Science – Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology Section are conducting a survey to learn about current management strategies used for two serious onion pests in organic onion production in New York State.
After today, a long awaited dry period is in store through at least late Monday. Temperatures across the region will be near or slightly above normal for the entire week. Highs will be in the mid 70s to mid 80s and lows will be in the low to mid 50s.
Grow-NY, announced May 31 by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will be one of the largest food and agriculture business competitions in the nation, supporting innovative startups in food production and agriculture.
New research from Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Toby Ault and Carlos Carrillo in Environmental Research Letters looks at how heat stress remains the primary climatic driver of lower future agriculture yields under climate change.
Chris Gerling, extension associate in the food science department, and Greg Peck, assistant professor in the horitculture section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, both recently received major awards from the cider industry.
A survey is being conducted by a multi-institutional research and extension team from Cornell University, The Rodale Institute, and the University of Vermont. The purpose of the survey is to identify disease challenges to organic apple production in Eastern US. We will use the data for developing a USDA research and outreach proposal. Your responses will remain anonymous and you will not be identified by name or operation in any of our publications or presentations.
Please complete the short survey if you are growing apples organically. (Read More link will take you to the survey.)
Phillip Griffiths, associate professor of plant breeding and genetics at Cornell AgriTech, has released a collection of organic grape tomato varieties that are pretty, profitable and pack a culinary punch.
Climatic changes are disrupting the entire farm cycle, from forcing delays in planting to reducing yields when the crops do grow. Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming program (CSF) supports farmers in New York state and the Northeast to put in place new practices that increase agricultural productivity and farming incomes sustainably and increase farmers' resiliency.
Over the course of two days, students from a wide range of disciplines – from computer science to engineering to animal health to public health – came together during Cornell University’s first Digital Agriculture Hackathon to find innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing agricultural problems.
The Organic Production and Marketing Program Work Team is sponsoring the second annual Cornell Organic Symposium, April 24th from 1:00 – 5:00 PM in G10 Biotech on the Cornell Ithaca campus. This year the Symposium will have a weed management theme and feature weed ecologist Chuck Mohler as keynote speaker.
U.S. farmers are growing more organic grain. But demand from the U.S. organic livestock industry is rising even faster — and that's led, predictably, to soaring imports of organic grain, according to a new report.
The outlook for New York state’s farm economy is steady, with farm incomes likely to remain relatively low for a second straight year, according to Jennifer Ifft, assistant professor of applied economics and management.
NY FarmNet's graduate student intern is helping NY FarmNet strengthen their outreach to the organic farming community. If you are an organic farmer in New York State, they would appreciate if you would take their survey!
The Eastern Broccoli Project presented a live webinar aimed at those raising organic broccoli in the Eastern US and has made it available for playback. Topics include organic nutrition, weed and insect management, variety selection, and market options. More information on this topic may be found at easternbroccoli.org as well.
eOrganic and the ASHS Organic Interest Group invite all undergraduate and graduate students with knowledge and experience in organic farming and/or food systems to submit an article for publication to eOrganic (along with an abstract summarizing that article) to this competition.
Conventional soybean yielded higher than organic soybean for the second consecutive year of this study. Organic soybean, however, would receive the organic price premium (typically more than 2x the conventional soybean price).
Small dairy farm operators in New York may soon be faced with the prohibition of winter spreading of manure by the State Department of Environmental Conservation. As an option to winter spreading, farmers considering updating barns or building new facilities can consider a bedded pack barn system for manure storage and animal comfort.
Climate change hits home. A warming world affects the Northeast region, and to demonstrate, the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions has developed a new online tool: Climate Change in Your County.
Three projects aimed at bolstering the success of organic farmers and those pursuing a transition to organic production are receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture.
The need to improve agricultural sustainability to secure yields, minimize environmental impacts and buffer environmental change is widely recognized. Investment in conventional agriculture has supported its present yield advantage. However, organic agriculture with agroecological management has nascent capacity for sustainable production and for increasing yields in the future.
A Cornell study of strawberry crops on New York farms tested the effectiveness of wildflower strips for attracting pollinators to crops, with findings that could uncover the plant species most likely to produce optimal results.
A handbook for improving soil health in both organic and conventional vegetable, row crop, and small grain systems is now available at no charge from Cornell Cooperative Extension and partners that made possible a popular field day event that served as the basis for the handbook.
Last week temperatures were within 2 degrees of normal. Precipitation has ranged from ¼ “ to over 3”. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 40-120. Scattered showers Thursday into Friday, dry for the weekend. Moisture from Hurricane Florence to reach NY next week??
Last week temperatures were near normal to 4 degrees above-normal. Precipitation has ranged from less than ½ “ to over 3”. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 100-180. There were improvements in drought conditions in western NY and northern NY.
New research findings from the evaluation of conventional and organic maize with recommended and high seeding and N rates in New York to identify the best organic management practices during a transition to an organic cropping system.
Last week temperatures were near normal to 4 degrees above-normal. Precipitation has ranged from less than ½ “ to over 4”, isolated areas saw over 8” with flooding. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 110-170. Moderate drought continues in part of western and northern NY.
Last week temperatures were 4-8 degrees above-normal. Precipitation has ranged from less than ½ “ to over 4”, with an additional tenth to 2” over the last 24 hours. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 130-190. Moderate drought continues in part of western and northern NY; conditions improved in Otsego & Schoharie.
Last week temperatures were 2 degrees below-normal to 4 degrees above-normal. Precipitation has ranged from less than ¼” to near 3”. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 110-160. Moderate drought expanded in part of northern NY; conditions improved in much of the lower half of the state.
Last week temperatures were near-normal to 4 degrees above-normal. Precipitation has ranged from less than ¼” to over 4”. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 90-170. Moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions expanded in northern NY.
Jaime Cummings has joined the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYSIPM) as its field crops and livestock coordinator, with the goal of reducing environmental, health and economic risks for farmers across the state.
Last week temperatures were near-normal to 6 degrees above-normal. Precipitation has ranged from a trace to 4”. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 100-180. Moderate drought expanded in western NY, where the rain has missed; abnormally dry conditions expanded farther north.
Last week temperatures were near-normal to 4 degrees above-normal. Precipitation has ranged from a trace to 2”. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 100-180. Abnormally dry conditions have been expanded for part of NY and moderate drought has been introduced in some areas.
The Soil Health Seminars programming at the 2018 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY, will provide the opportunity to hear from soil specialists, learn from farming peers in daily panel presentations, see tabletop demonstrations, tour never cover crop plots, and have a soil report created for your use. The presentations are free and organized by the New York State Interagency Soil Health Working Group.
Last week temperatures ranged from 2-10 degrees above-normal. Precipitation has ranged from less than ¼ “ to over 3”. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 130-210. Abnormally dry conditions have been expanded for part of northern NY and the finger lake region.
In-field demonstrations with agricultural specialists and growers from NY and Vermont and six learning stations are all part of the Reduced Tillage in Organic Systems Field Day to be held Tuesday, July 31, 2018, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Cornell Willsboro Research Farm, 48 Sayward Lane, Willsboro, NY. The event is free to attend.
Klaas Martens grew up farming intensively with chemicals; now he and his wife Mary-Howell are organic devotees operating a thriving farm and grain mill helping boost the regional economy in upstate New York.
Last week temperatures ranged from 8 degrees below normal to near- normal. Precipitation has ranged from less than ¼ “ to 2”. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 50-130. Abnormally dry conditions have been expanded for part of central NY.
Last week temperatures ranged from 2 degrees below normal to 4 degrees above normal. Precipitation has ranged from less than ¼ “ to 3”. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 60-140. Abnormally dry conditions have been introduced for many areas in NY.
Save the date for the first New York Soil Health Summit. This event, organized by the New York Soil Health project, is for farmers, researchers, agriculture service providers, government agencies, non-profits and policy-makers interested in advancing soil health efforts across the state.
The stress of being a farmer is often overlooked, and the continued slump in commodity prices is exacerbating the issue. NY FarmNet is here to help. NY FarmNet services are available to all farms in New York state, large and small, with a diversity of commodities including dairy, crops, livestock, maple, fruit, vegetables, honey, nursery, and more.
Cornell University, University of California—Berkeley, and The Nature Conservancy are conducting a nationwide survey for all fruit, vegetable, grain, and field crop producers to identify the biggest challenges that farmers face, as well as the best solutions. Make sure your voice is heard!
A state-wide survey of New York farmers is underway, with the aim of highlighting economic costs and benefits associated with maintaining and improving agricultural soil health. The survey, which will examine the agricultural practices of using cover crops and reduced tillage, is being conducted by the New York State Soil Health Workgroup and funded by NYS Department of Ag and Markets.
Three events hosted by the Cornell Organic Dairy Program will help organic growers and livestock farmers enhance weed management, dairy business operations, and livestock grazing efficiency and profitability.
New York Certified Organic, NYCO, has announced its 2018 series of Winter Meetings with a January 9 session on crop rotations with a presentation on Ag-Analytics.org, February 13 focus on harvesting quality forage, and a March 13 spotlight on adding pastured hogs to a diversified dairy or crop business and general farm start-up opportunities.
More than 170 researchers, educators, farmers, and agricultural service providers attended the Northeast Cover Crops Council’s (NECCC) Annual Meeting at The Statler Hotel on November 8 for a day-long program featuring more than 40 speakers and an evening poster session.