If you’d like to catch a glimpse of students’ final projects in Marcia Eames-Sheavly’s Art of Horticulture class, you can sneak a peak online. You can also see student work from previous years (as well as other class projects and videos) by visiting the Art of Horticulture’s gallery page. Read more
Those large, inflatable plastic characters that loom over used car lots have a new purpose: scaring away birds that cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. orchards and vineyards. Read more
Come share the experiences of the 2013 seasonat Cornell's student-managed farm, collaborate on plans for the future, watch project presentations, and enjoy snacks with the Dilmun Hill Community! Read more
“It can take four years from planting seedling to having fruit. In the case of SnapDragon, as soon as we tasted the fruit, we decided to fast-track it and put it in test orchards at Cornell and on commercial farms," Susan Brown tells Growing Produce magazine. Read more
Farmers, gardeners and students have a new place to learn about climate change and how to be part of the solution. The website, climatechange.cornell.edu, is a one-stop shop for everything climate change saysDavid Wolfe. Read more
Helene Dillard, director of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), will become dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at her graduate alma mater, the University of California, Davis, Jan. 27. Read more
Missy Bidwell, Greenhouse Manager of Cornell Plantations was awarded the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Research and Extension Award in recognition of her commitment to communication. Read more
Starting November 1 (while supplies last), customers at Cornell Orchards‘ retail store will be able to buy RubyFrost™ apples, one of a pair of much-anticipated new varieties from the Cornell breeding program. Read more
Examines a botanical treasure-trove of important culinary, medicinal, industrial, and ornamental crops over time. Discover the critical roles plants have played throughout history—from saving lives, to enslaving multitudes, to pitting nation against nation. Read more
Marion Zuefle, M.S., has joined the staff of the New York State IPM Program as a vegetable IPM educator. Zuefle, and will work closely with growers and researchers around New York and the Northeast. Read more
Plant breeder Ronnie Coffman has sown seeds of scientific and social change across continents and generations. Now his efforts are being recognized with the inaugural World Agriculture Prize. Read more
Susan Brown, head of the apple breeding program at Cornell University, estimates that there have been 130 new apples released around the world in the past six years. This summer, she contributed two more to that tally: the SnapDragon and the Ruby Frost. Read more
New York growers who donate produce to food banks as part of the “Glean NY” initiative will be reimbursed for the cost of harvesting, thanks to a partnership that includes Cornell's College of Agriculture and Sciences. Read more
What plant scientists call senescence, consumers experience as wilted produce and overripe fruit. A team led by Cornell horticulture professor Su-Sheng Gan has identified an enzymatic fountain of youth that slows the process of leaf death, a discovery that lays the foundation for the genetics of freshness. In a series of experiments using the plant Arabidopsis thaliana, Gan and colleagues discovered a key regulator – S3H – that acts as a brake on the process of leaf death. When its levels are low, leaves senesce early; when it is present in high levels, it results in longer leaf longevity. Read more
This gathering of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators, volunteers and key partners will provide in-depth information on climate change impacts on gardening and adaptive and innovative methods to help meet this challenge. Sessions will be presented in a variety of formats to ensure participants’ time at the conference will benefit both themselves and their communities in positive and productive ways. Read more
Less than a week into its crowd-sourcing fund-raising campaign, Dilmun Hill Student Farm has already reached 70 percent of its $5,000 goal. Donations are tax deductable and will be used to improve the farm’s outdoor teaching facilities and expand the farm’s hands-on educational mission. Help push them over the top.Read more
“Impressive.” “The best workshop I’ve ever been to.” “She was committed to my success every step of the way.” Accolades like these have earned Elizabeth Lamb the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program’s (NYS IPM) Excellence in IPM award. This award honors people who make outstanding contributions to preventive and least-toxic tactics for dealing with pests. Read more
About 100 greenhouse growers and retailers, florists, educators and others attended the annual Cornell Floriculture Field Day August 13. The day started on campus with presentations on the latest showstopping flower and foliage annuals and summer bulbs, invasive species, biological pest control, and alternatives to impatiens, a popular shade-loving annual that has been plagued in recent years by a new disease, impatiens downy mildew. Read more
This course (new for Fall 2013) will prepare you to take International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) certification exam. You’ll get hands-on experience with:
Assessing plant health
Urban forestry Read more
GENEVA, N.Y. — Cornell has announced two new apple varieties developed in partnership with the New York Apple Growers (NYAG). They are SnapDragon and RubyFrost, and they have undergone a year of rigorous consumer testing as NY1 and NY2.
The new names were revealed Aug. 1 by Jeff Crist, vice chairman of the NYAG board of directors, at a field day at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, where Cornell breeder Susan Brown developed the varieties.
“SnapDragon is a great name for this apple because consumers found its crispy texture and sweet flavor so appealing,” said Mark Russell, an apple grower and NYAG member. He anticipates it will be a popular apple for snacking, especially for children. Read more
With its long, speckled stalks, vibrant flowers and long vase life, the pineapple lily appeals to those who appreciate brash, beautiful blooms.
It could also provide new opportunities for Northeast nurseries, according to Cornell horticulturists who would like to see the South African native take root in upstate New York.
Chris Wien, professor of horticulture, experiments with cut flowers to determine which varieties hold the most promise for the state’s $6.3 billion nursery industry, and he believes he’s found a winner in Eucomis. Read more
[Mother Jones 2013/07/17] – Thomas Bjorkman explains that partners in the Eastern Broccoli Project include relatively small players like Maine-based Johnny’s Selected Seeds, a purveyor widely used by small- and mid-size farmers, as well as seed giants like Monsanto. “Our goal is to get seeds of better-adapted broccoli varieties out to Eastern growers so that they can grow more local broccoli,” he says. And working with private players with established distribution networks is the fastest way to do that, he added. S Read more
His cut flower cultivar creations have brightened many homes and gardens, and now a prestigious grant will allow horticulture professor Mark Bridgen to spend a semester studying Alstroemeria flowers in their native habitat. Read more
From Justine Vanden Heuvel: I just wanted to share the good news that Lindsay Jordan won “Best student paper in Viticulture” at the American Society of Enology and Viticulture – Eastern Section meeting in Winston-Salem, NC last week. It was actually a Cornell sweep for the two Lindsays: – Lindsay Springer (from Gavin Sacks’ lab) won best student paper in enology. Read more
“Everybody should be pretty happy with their prospects this year. Every fruit crop in the Northeast has really set up nicely. Apples, grapes, blueberries, raspberries — they’re all looking good.”
— Horticulture professor Marvin Pritts talks to the Associated Press about sweet treats in store for us this season. Read more
Thomas Björkman is featured in this July 9 New York Times article. Here’s an excerpt: “If you’ve had really fresh broccoli, you know it’s an entirely different thing,” he said. “And if the health-policy goal is to vastly increase the consumption of broccoli, then we need a ready supply, at an attractive price.” Read more