If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar, Can We build food systems that are climate-smart enough? with David Wolfe, it’s available online.
… to the new Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Greenhouse.
Thursday, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station staff moved three trailer loads of larger specimens from the Kenneth Post Lab greenhouse complex where the collection has been housed since the old conservatory closed in 2010.
The new conservatory is located in the same spot on Tower Road outside of the Plant Science Building as the original greenhouse, which was designed by architects Lord & Burnham Co. in 1931 for Liberty Hyde Bailey, the first dean of the College of Agriculture and a prominent palm taxonomist.
The conservatory houses one of several plant collections that make up the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. The collection numbers more than 650 species (including Cornell’s popular Titan Arums) that play a vital role in teaching, research and outreach.
Staff moved the mostly tropical plants before the weather turns too cold to damage them in transit. (Smaller plants will follow, but can be moved later in heated vans.) The large plants are being staged in the Student House section of the conservatory closest to the Plant Science Building. But they will soon be moved into the planting bed in the Palm House section closest to Tower Road.
Once all the plants have been moved and settled in to their new home, hours when the public is welcome to visit will be announced.
Two new Climate Smart Farming videos are now available:
- Agriculture and Adaptation – Profiles New York producers (dairy, apple, grape, CSA) and how they are adjusting their management to a changing climate.
- Farming for Energy – Features two New York producers who have reduced their energy costs and carbon footprint: A dairy producer who constructed a methane digester and an apple orchardist who is powering his operation with electricity from wind and solar.
The videos were produced by James Monahan/ConservationBridge in collaboration with the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) under project director James Lassoie in Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources. Additional support provided by the Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team, the Lake Ontario Fruit Program, CCE Dutchess County, the Cornell Vegetable Program, Cornell Dairy and Environmental Systems Group, and Habitat Seven. Funding for this project provided by Federal Formula Fund Smith-Lever grant #1477656.
If you missed Wednesday’s Graduate Field of Horticulture exit seminar, Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) in Ethiopia: Variety Diversity, Attributes and Farmers’ Needs, with with PhD candidate Semagn-Asredie Kolech, it’s available online.
If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar, Agricultural resiliency: A human aspect of production agriculture , with Jeff Perry, senior lecturer, Horticulture Section, it’s available online.
Late blight — a highly contagious and devastating disease of tomatoes and potatoes — has been confirmed in Wayne, Wyoming and Livingston counties. If your crops have been infected, it’s critical that you take action to help stop the spread of the disease.
The New York State IPM program has developed posters and videos to help you identify the disease and learn how to properly dispose of infected plants. Please share them widely.
- Legal-sized poster
- 14- x 24-inch poster poster
- Video: What To Do if You Find Late Blight in Your Garden
- Video: Identifying and Scouting for Late Blight on Farms
- Video: Distinguishing Late Blight from Other Tomato and Potato Diseases
On July 10, PBS Insight highlighted the efforts of the Cornell Small Farm Program to support military veterans farming in New York State. Tune in to meet some of the veterans putting their skills and discipline into agricultural careers, from running the family farm to greenhouse flower production, with mentorship, resources and community offered by the Cornell Small Farm Program. Video link.