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NY’s ag economy faces low profits, big risks

Feb 12, 2019

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. Read more

NY FarmNet Conducting NYS Organic Farmer Survey

Feb 5, 2019

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! Read more

A Sustainable Agricultural Future Relies on the Transition to Organic Agroecological Pest Management

Sep 24, 2018

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. Read more

Reduced Tillage Handbook Now Available Free

Sep 17, 2018

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. Read more

Weather Outlook – September 13, 2018

Sep 13, 2018

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?? Read more

Weather Outlook - August 23, 2018

Aug 23, 2018

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. Read more

Weather Outlook –August 16, 2018

Aug 16, 2018

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. Read more

Weather Outlook - August 9, 2018

Aug 9, 2018

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. Read more

Weather Outlook - August 2, 2018

Aug 2, 2018

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. Read more

Weather Outlook - July 26, 2018

Jul 26, 2018

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. Read more

Weather Outlook - July 19, 2018

Jul 19, 2018

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. Read more

Weather Outlook - July 12, 2018

Jul 16, 2018

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. Read more

Soil Health Experts from Fertilizer Institute in Washington, DC; Cornell University, CCE to Speak at 2018 Empire Farm Days

Jul 16, 2018

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. Read more

Weather Outlook - July 5, 2018

Jul 5, 2018

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. Read more

July 31: Reduced Tillage Field Day in Willsboro

Jul 3, 2018

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. Read more

Farming with Intentional Biodiversity

Jun 28, 2018

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. Read more

Weather Outlook - June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018

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. Read more

Weather Outlook – June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018

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. Read more

Weather Outlook - May 24, 2017

May 24, 2018

Last week temperatures ranged from 2 degrees below-normal to 8 degrees above-normal. Precipitation has ranged from ½ “ to 3 inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 10-110. Read more

Save the Date! New York Soil Health Summit

May 23, 2018

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. Read more

Weather Outlook – May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

Last week temperatures ranged from near-normal to 4 degrees above normal. Precipitation has ranged from a trace to over two inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 20-80. Read more

Identifying Stress on Farm Families - Fact Sheet

Feb 16, 2018

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. Read more

United States Farming Practices Survey

Feb 13, 2018

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! Read more

Soil Health Researchers Launch Farmer Survey in New York State

Feb 7, 2018

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. Read more

New York Certified Organic Sets 2018 Winter Program Series

Dec 20, 2017

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. Read more

Cover Crop Meeting Draws Big Crowd

Nov 13, 2017

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. Read more