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Via Katharine Constas, Dilmun Steering Committee Member:

On behalf of Dilmun Hill Student Organic Farm, I would like to invite you to join us this Saturday for our season overview December 7, 11:30 a.m. in Mann Room 102.

Come share the experiences of the 2013 season, collaborate on plans for the future, watch project presentations, and enjoy snacks with the Dilmun Hill Community!

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Hellebore watercolor by Marcia Eames-Sheavly

Learn botanical illustration online.  Three courses taught by Marcia Eames-Sheavly start January 27, 2014:

You can view works by students in previous classes on display in the cases in the west wing of the first floor of Plant Science Building.

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Cutflower data.Chris Wien’s 2012 cut flower cultural practice studies and variety trials report is now available online. This year’s research include experiments on:

  • Aster Root Rot
  • Sunflower Photoperiod
  • Sunflower Pinching and Spacing
  • Sunflower Pollination
  • Sunflower Petal Pull

Wien also reports on variety trials of Carthamus(Safflower), Celosia, Chrysanthemum, Cynoglossum, Eucomis, Gomphrena (Globe Amaranth), Larkspur (Consolida), Lisianthus (Eustoma), Marigold, Pepper (Capsicum baccatum), Snapdragon (Antirrhinum), and Stock (Matthiola).

To see previous years’ reports, visit Wien’s research page.

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Cornell researchers convened a daylong meeting of 50 researchers and growers from across the Northeast and Canada this past November to consider strategies for managing  the invasive spotted wing drosophila -- SWD for short.  Photo: Bev Gerdman, Washington State University.

Cornell researchers convened a daylong meeting of 50 researchers and growers from across the Northeast and Canada this past November to consider strategies for managing the invasive spotted wing drosophila — SWD for short. Photo: Bev Gerdman, Washington State University.

Scientists tackle tiny fly that’s big trouble for berry growers [Cornell Chronicle 1/4/2013] – Spotted wing drosophila — SWD for short — is poorly understood and highly destructive. “That’s a terrible combination,” says Julie Carroll, the fruit integrated pest management (IPM) coordinator for the New York State IPM Program, based at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, N.Y. Cornell researchers convened a daylong meeting of 50 researchers and growers from across the Northeast and Canada this past November to consider strategies for managing the pest.

Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Growers [New York Times 12/31/2012] - Eric Nelson, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, is studying how compost suppresses disease. “The key is understanding why these microbes do what they do,” he says.  Still, the industry suffers from image problems. “It’s hard to bring it out of the ‘It’s cute to have a worm box in my backyard’ approach and put it on par with other strategies for waste management,” says Allison Jack, who earned her doctorate by studying vermicompost at Cornell and is now teaching at Prescott College in Arizona.

Checking in with Nina Bassuk & Cornell’s Urban Horticulture Institute [City Trees Nov./Dec. 2012] – In an extensive interview, Bassuk details progress on plant selection, propagation, porous paving, ground-penetrating radar, bare toot transplanting, and more.

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