New York Buckwheat Contracts Filled

The Birkett Mills reports that is filled all it fits contracts for the 2017 growing season. As a consequence, New York growers who do not yet have a contract will not be able to use buckwheat as a catch crop.

This is the first time in memory that all of the contracts have been filled early, and local growers turned away. The cause is a combination of a healthy carryover from last year’s large crop, and increased demand as many corn and soybean acres were too wet to plant.

Overall demand for buckwheat is up. Food manufacturers are expanding their offerings of gluten-free foods, whole grains, and unusual grains. Buckwheat is on the ingredient list on far more boxes in the store than kasha and pancake mix!  In the big picture, New York growers play an important role in supplying this expanding part of the market.

Buckwheat is still valuable as a cover crop for soil improvement and weed suppression between now and fall during planting.

Thomas Björkman
Professor of Vegetable Crop Physiology
Section of Horticulture
Cornell University
Geneva, NY 14456

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Capital Area Ag Report – June 7, 2017

Here is this week’s Ag Report,

Topics in this issue:
Black cutworm
Cereal Leaf Beetle
Slugs Carry Parasites

Aaron Gabriel,
Sr. Extension Resource Educator, Agronomy

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Cornell Senior Wins NYSABA Seed Committee Outstanding Undergraduate Award

NYSABA Seed Committee Chair John Uveges (right) and Cornell’s Margaret Smith present Andrew Lefever with the 2015 NYSABA Seed Committee Outstanding Undergraduate Award.
NYSABA Seed Committee Chair John Uveges (right) and Cornell’s Margaret Smith present Andrew Lefever with the 2015 NYSABA Seed Committee Outstanding Undergraduate Award.

Cornell senior Andrew Lefever of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is the 2015 winner of the New York State Agribusiness Association (NYSABA) Outstanding Undergraduate Award. The Award was presented December 3, 2015 at the Cornell Seed School held in Geneva, NY.

The Award pays honor to one undergraduate student who has shown exceptional interest and dedication in study to the Agricultural Plant Industry particularly seed issues. Lefever is an Agricultural Sciences Major at Cornell University.  “For many years, the NY Seed Association, now a part of NYSABA, and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), have awarded this scholarship to an outstanding student(s) in the field of plant science or plant breeding who plan to pursue further education or employment in agriculture,” said John Uveges, NYSABA Seed Committee Chair. “We were very excited to award this to Andrew this year because he has a real passion for plant breeding and seed issues.

“While he didn’t grow up on a farm, Andrew talks passionately about the neighboring farms that formed his love of agriculture—from planting and harvesting corn, soybeans, and tobacco, to equipment experience,” notes his award nomination. “Andrew is passionate about agriculture, he’s first to volunteer to help with any need, he’s given countless hours to mentor younger agriculture students, he’s articulate, polite, and honestly one of the most outstanding Cornell citizens we’ve seen.”

He has spent his summers getting to know different aspects of the industry. His freshman summer he prepared soil samples for Agri-Analysis, Inc, an agricultural testing lab. His sophomore summer, he interned for DuPont Pioneer in Lancaster working in corn research. This past summer, he was a research assistant for Cornell’s SPEAR program working on nutrient management projects.

The scholarship is provided in partnership through NYSABA and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA).

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