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Organic Seed School
Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 8:00am to 4:00pm
Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm (CUAES) 133 Fall Creek Rd. Freeville, NY

Come learn from growers, breeders, and seed companies to better understand organic seed quality topics and how it affects your farm at the third annual Organic Seed School. The first school was organized by High Mowing Seeds in 2012.

Up to eight regional seed companies will present their new developments related to the needs of organic producers. These will include new varieties, breeding projects, seed treatments, company-specific innovations, and trialing under organic conditions.

There will also be an hour exhibition time and coffee break in which participants can visit table displays for each company and a tour of breeding plots on the farm. In the afternoon, we will have a series of moderated group discussion sessions focusing on the issues surrounding organic seed quality and availability. Bring your questions on organic seed and talk directly to the experts!

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is appreciated at: http://goo.gl/zpR5UG. The $10 registration fee can be paid by cash or check at the door.

Contact Michael Glos at mag22@cornell.edu or 607-227-7793 with any questions.

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Research at the Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Facility is in full flower …

Technician Pat MacRae tends more than 600 varieties of David Austen roses in a newly planted five-year trial.

Technician Pat MacRae tends more than 600 David Austin roses (representing 80 varieties) in a newly planted multi-year trial.

Flower Bulb Research Program's lily variety trial.

Flower Bulb Research Program’s lily variety trial.

Pallet planters

This year’s annual flower trials also features edibles, some in planters made from recycled pallets.

Perennial flower plots

Perennial flower plots.

The Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Facility is not open to the public. But you can register for the annual Cornell Floriculture Field Day August 5, which also features the 11th annual Kathy Pufahl Container Design Competition.

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From Marvin Pritts, Horticulture Section chair:

I’d like to invite you to a lunchtime presentation July 9 at noon in PS 114 where I will share experiences about my recent trip to Peru.

I am calling it a “Journey to Machu Picchu” because it involved four days of spiritual preparation (ceremony, meditation, reflection) with an old Inca guide at several sacred archeological sites before arriving at Machu Picchu at sunrise on the winter solstice. On the winter solstice the sun rises through a notch in the mountains and strikes the temple, causing it to glow in the morning sun.

Other highlights include terraces made with rocks weighing more than 100 tons that fit together perfectly, intricate Incan irrigation systems, stunning scenery, beautiful fabrics and interesting foods.

The winter solstice is also cause for a week of celebrations, dancing and parades in Cusco – the ancient Incan capital city. I will also share some videos of extreme ziplining between mountains, hundreds of feet above the ground.

I hope to see you there.

machu picchu

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soil health workshop flyerFrom Bianca Moebius-Clune, coordinator:  Cornell Soil Health Initiative.

Join us for our 2014 Cornell Soil Health Train-the-Trainer Workshop to be held on campus August 12-15.

This intensive workshop focuses on measuring and improving soil health through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management.

The workshop includes a mix of classroom training, hands-on field and laboratory experience, and opportunities to network with colleagues over meals. Our target audience is professionals working with agricultural soil management issues.

View workshop details.

A few logistical notes: Participation is limited to 45, first come, first served. While the workshop is intended to be a complete 4-day experience, we are enabling participation in chosen components this year to meet stakeholder needs. An Early-Bird discount is available until July 15, but some hotel blocks expire before this time. Registration deadline is July 30.

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Registration is now open for the 2014 New York Weed Science Field Day July 16.

The day begins with a morning session covering vegetable crop weed control at the Homer C. Thompson Research Farm in Freeville, N.Y.

In the afternoon, the action moves to the Robert B. Musgrave Research Farm in Aurora, N.Y. for the New York State Agribusiness Assocation Annual Summer Barbeque at noon, followed by a session covering field crop weed control.

CCA and DEC Credits have been granted for both sessions.

More information and registration forms.

Questions? Contact:

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From Thomas Björkman:

On May 30, faculty, staff and students gathered at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva for the annual awards celebration:

Meredith Persico and Alan Lakso

Meredith Persico (left) is a junior Viticulture major at Cornell who will be doing a viticulture research project at the Station this summer thanks to a Shaulis scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of Geneva viticulture professor renowned for developing the principles and practices of vine balance. Professor Alan Lakso introduced her on his last official day of work after more than 40 years on the faculty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Gutierrez

Ben Gutierrez (right) was awarded the Perrine scholarship to support his graduate studies. Ben in a PhD student with Susan Brown and Ganyuan Zhong, studying the genetics of antioxidants in apples. The Perrine Endowment was created to support students’ research in pomology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Srmack

Bill Srmack was recognized for 40 years of service at the Station. He has been with the clonal repository since just before it was officially founded! He now is responsible for maintaining the thousands of accessions in the orchard of the national germplasm collection. Here he receives congratulations from PGRU Research Leader Ganyuan Zhong and curator Thomas Chao.

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inoculating logCamp Mushroom #2
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Plant Science Building, Cornell University

The workshop is a unique beginner/intermediate level workshop for those interested in small-scale forest mushroom cultivation. Participants will be trained in three methods of mushroom cultivation; shiitake on bolts, lions mane/oyster on totems, and stropharia in woodchip beds. In addition laying yard and management considerations will be covered. Each participant will also inoculate two shiitake blots to take home.

Commercial Mushroom Production Field Day
Saturday June 28
, 2014
Schuyler County, NY

Learn about the commercial cultivation of log-grown shiitake mushrooms during a field day with visits to area commercial farms and hands-on practice inoculating a mushroom log to take home.

Find details and registration information at the Northeast Forest Mushroom Growers Network website.

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From Marvin Pritts, Department of Horticulture chair:

On Sunday May 4, a group of 16 intrepid horticulture hikers and friends headed off to explore Lick Brook, south of Ithaca. The hiking was excellent, the waterfalls were flowing, and the wildflowers were out in abundance.

Seen along the hike were early saxifrage, black cohosh, solomon’s seal, trout lily, bloodroot, hepatica, colt’s foot, red and white trillium, violet, and anemone.

Future hikes will likely be scheduled to other scenic, off-the-beaten-path locations around Ithaca.

Department of Horticulture hikers and friends exploring Lick Brook.

Department of Horticulture hikers and friends exploring Lick Brook.

 

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Ink illustrationFrom Marcia Eames-Sheavly:

Students who are enrolled in the new horticulture minor with a focus in the botanical arts will show their art work – the result of an intensive semester immersed in numerous methods and media. Please join us on May 6, in Plant Science 141, from 12:20 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

We will serve food. Mark your calendars, and please join us!

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From Grant Thompson, President, Society of Horticulture for Graduate Students (SoHo)

Outreach day poster. Click for larger view
Larger view.

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