Attendees learned how to sample for annual bluegrass weevils at the July 15 Cornell Turfgrass Field Tour at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, Ithaca, N.Y. (below). The remaining field tour of this summer’s series will be held Aug. 12 at Bethpage State Park, site of the U.S. Open.
Viewing flower beds at 2009 Cornell Floriculture Field Day
Attendees at the Cornell Floriculture Field Day June 21 were treated to talks on bulbs and landscape perennials, color in the landscape, insect and disease management, Cornell research updates, and a consumer panel at the Vet School’s James Law Auditorium.
But the action heated up that afternoon when the program shifted to the Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Facility, adjacent to the Cornell campus. There, participants viewed more than 1,000 flower varieties in walkabouts of the perennial and annual flower trials.
The Cornell Soil Health Assessment Training Manual has been revised and updated, including new sections on soil textures and managing soil contraints, as well as to reflect changes in soil health scoring and assessment methodology.
“The path that leads from inspiration to invention—and on to commercial success, if all goes well—can be a long and winding road.” The CALS communications office tells the stories of how some in the college have traveled that road in Made@CALS. Some involving horticultural topics include:
Re-Markable Paint – Turf specialist Frank Rossi (right) killed more grass than he painted on the way to inventing removable stripes for athletics fields.
With pest control product limitations, the guides offer commercial vegetable producers organic integrated pest management (IPM) techniques such as keeping accurate pest history records, selecting the proper site, and preventing pest outbreaks through use of crop rotation, resistant varieties, and biological controls.
“It’s amazing how many [parents] are supportive of their son or daughter [starting small-scale, organic farms], whereas 10 or 15 years ago they would have said, ‘What! Agriculture?’ They would have said, ‘You need to go into law or medicine!’ ”
The article details the surge in interest among college-educated young adults in starting small-scale organic farms: “For these new farmers, going back to the land isn’t a rejection of conventional society, but an embrace of growing crops and raising animals for market as an honorable, important career choice — one that’s been waning since 1935, when the U.S. farms peaked at 6.8 million.”
The Organic Research Farm at the Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research facility in Freeville, N.Y., will host twilight field days on two Mondays in August:
Organic Vegetable Research Farm Field Day
August 17, 4 to 7 p.m.
Hands-On Sessions will cover:
Specialized equipment for weed control and reduced tillage
Organic breeding for quality and disease resistance
High tunnels for early and extended harvest of warm season crops
Compost quality and maturity
Striped cucumber beetle controls in different organic systems
Led by Cornell faculty doing organic vegetable research.
Diverse Fertility Management: Cover Crops and Other Nutrient Sources
August 24, 4 to 7 p.m.
This workshop will empower attendees to use and evaluate various cover crops for nutrient management. We have planted cover crops appropriate to warm-season use for demonstration and will discuss options for cool-season plantings.
Learn to measure cover crop density
Predict nutrient content of cover crop
Led by researchers of the Organic Cropping Systems Project