If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar, The Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation – Networking for Change with Casey Hoy, Faculty Director, InFACT, Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management, The Ohio State University, it is available online.
Tricks for perfect pumpkin picking [Cornell Media Relations tip sheet 2016-10-10] – Horticulture Section professor and pumpkin expert Steve Reiners shares some tips on how to pick the perfect pumpkin for the Halloween season. See also this video from 2012:
Other recent news of horticultural interest from the Cornell Chronicle:
- $1.2M grant to help Cornell eradicate potato pest – A $1.2M state grant announced Oct. 14 will update facilities at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as Cornell ramps up efforts to eradicate the golden nematode, which strikes potato crops.
- Soil Health Trailer extends Cornell’s reach – The New York Grazinglands Coalition Soil Health Trailer is a rolling lab equipped to demonstrate the value of healthy soil while illustrating the dangers that can lurk both above and beneath.
- Cornell helps farm get veterans job-training approval – The Cornell Small Farms Program Farm Ops initiative helped Kreher’s Poultry Farm in Clarence, New York, receive approval as the state’s first on-the-job training program for military veterans to become farmers.
- Faculty Senate votes for Cornell Botanic Gardens naming – The Cornell faculty Senate on Oct. 12 passed a resolution encouraging the board of trustees to approve Cornell Botanic Gardens as the new name of Cornell Plantations.
- Bigger than ever, Cornell corpse flower poised to bloom – The plant nicknamed Wee Stinky, one of two flowering-sized titan arums in Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory, is prepping for a dazzling reproductive effort to make itself big, hot and smelly.
- Dilmun Hill Student Farm celebrates 20 years – To celebrate Dilmun Hill Student Farm’s 20th anniversary, students will welcome the community to a farm tour Oct. 29.
Via Betsy Leonard ‘81, Organic Farm Coordinator, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES):
Dilmun Hill Student Organic Farm is pleased to invite you to our 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Please join us on the Farm on Saturday, October 29th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for food & drink, activities, and live music.
We will be hosting an array of other student-lead Cornell organizations, faculty, and community members as we come together to celebrate twenty years of student farming at Dilmun.
This event is kid-friendly and open to the public, so please bring along any family and friends.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Questions? Comments? Contact Isabel at email@example.com
Please RSVP on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1395083610519474/
Two recent recognitions:
Tom Whitlow, associate professor in the Horticulture Section, has been selected as a Frank Rosenblatt Faculty Fellow for his “longstanding and deep commitment to the Hurburt Residential College for Environmental Education and Awareness.” Whitlow has been a faculty fellow at Hurlburt, also known as Ecology House, since 1994. The award letter from Rebecca Stoltzfus, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, cited the many hours Tom has devoted to enriching student experience through dinner discussions, exploring the local environment, and long term mentorship. More information.
Frank Rossi, associate professor and Extension turfgrass specialist in the Horticulture Section, has been named Man of the Year by the New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA). NYSTA commended Rossi for his unwavering dedication to the horticulture industry by means of continual research and education, recognizing him as one of the leading experts of turfgrass science today. More information.
Congratulations Tom, Frank!
One of Cornell’s famous corpse flowers is getting ready once again to unfurl its fetid bloom.
The plant nicknamed Wee Stinky, one of two flowering-sized titan arums in the living collection of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory, is prepping for a dazzling reproductive effort to make itself big, hot and smelly.
Called a corpse flower for the putrid aroma unleashed when it flowers, the titan arum has evolved a reproductive strategy to lure pollinators with pungent signals akin to rotting flesh. Dark purple coloring, a sickly scent, blasts of heat and plumes of carbon dioxide are all deployed to resemble carrion favored by certain pollinator insects. It takes years for the plant to build up the necessary energy to put on such a macabre display, only to burn it all off in a few days before wilting back to a vegetative state.
How do you know when squash is at its ripest and tastiest? Most vegetables offer a unique hint. Bananas turn a summery yellow. Peaches are soft but not too squishy. Squash, however, is an anomaly in that it shows no exterior sign of ripeness.
At least it didn’t until Michael Mazourek, assistant professor in plant breeding and genetics, bred one into it.
All it took was a little color.
With his new honeynut squash it’s now possible to see where an individual squash is in its eight-week ripening process. Beginning as a bright green color, like a zucchini, and then — depending on temperature, sunlight and other factors — it turns orange in the last couple weeks, signaling it has achieved peak flavor and nutrition.
It started as a simple idea: Cornell students learning about farming should have someplace to actually farm. Thus was born Dilmun Hill.
In the 20 years since students tilled those first three acres, the farm has expanded and improved, provided opportunities for research and experimentation, started students on a path toward agricultural careers and fostered lifelong friendships. Today, Dilmun Hill Student Farm encompasses 12 acres of land, and it produces organically grown vegetables for its community-supported agriculture program and on-campus restaurants.
To celebrate the anniversary of the farm’s founding in 1996, students will welcome the community to a farm tour Oct. 29, 1-4 p.m., at 705 Dryden Road (Route 366), Ithaca. There will be booths and exhibits plus activities from many agriculture-related clubs on campus, such as the Bee Club and the Cornell Fantastic Fungi Fanatics. The party is a chance to learn more about agriculture, the joys and challenges of growing food, and the dedication it takes to be a student farmer.
Apple harvest season has been a busy one for assistant professor Greg Peck.
- Liquid Gold: Cornellians are at the forefront of New York’s hard cider renaissance [Cornell Alumni News, Sept./Oct. 2016]
- Prof Researches Apple Production in ‘Fast-Growing’ Hard Cider Industry [Cornell Daily Sun, 2016-10-02]
Peck will also be at the Apple Identification and Documentation Day @ Reisinger’s Apple Country (October 8 at 9 am to – 12 noon) where he and others can help you identify mystery apples from old trees from your backyard or farm.
If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar, Waste management at Cornell: How does it work and why should we care? with Horticulture Sustainability Committee, it is available online.
More information about Cornell University R5 Operations (Respect, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle): r5.fs.cornell.edu