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Seminar video: Gennaro Fazio on apple rootstocks

If you missed Monday’s seminar, you can view it below.

Apple Rootstocks and the Quest for Marker Assisted Breeding
Gennaro Fazio, adjunct professor, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University

They said it: Alan Lakso

Alan Lakso“Like raising a family, you can’t treat every child the same way. Because of the places we typically put vineyards, there’s a lot of soil variation. Difference mapping guides growers to appropriate varietal and clonal selections and farming practices. It identifies fruit best handled separately and fruit best blended together.”

Alan Lakso in the December 2010 issue of Sommelier Journal. (See: Vino-Tech: Decoding Terroir One Terabyte at a Time.)

New York wines on N.Y. Nightly News

Anna Katharine Mansfield, assistant professor of Enology and Christopher Gerling, Enology extension associate, of the Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Program drop by NYNN to discuss the amazing growth in variety and quality of wines produced here in NY state. View video.

Christopher Gerling and Anna Katharine Mansfield

Christopher Gerling and Anna Katharine Mansfield

Learn hands-on cultivation at Camp Mushroom April 15-16

camp_mushroomx300Camp Mushroom
April 15 & 16, 2011
Arnot Forest
Van Etten, N.Y.
(20 miles south of Ithaca)

Camp Mushroom is a unique beginner/intermediate level workshop for those interested in small-scale forest mushroom cultivation. Participants will be trained in two methods of mushroom cultivation (bolt and totem), laying yard considerations, and assist in a research project by inoculating bolts and/or totems. Each participant will also inoculate two shiitake bolts to take home.

Learn grapes and wine at CUVEE

CUVEECanopyManagement250_1The Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Experience is a week-long professional studies course sponsored by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions July 17 to 22.

The course pairs pairs enologist Kathy Arnink and viticulturist Alan Lakso with leading Finger Lakes wine professionals exploring the science of grape growing and wine making.

Based on Cornell University’s Ithaca campus and environs, participants will:

  • Learn the principles and practical methods of growing quality wine grapes around the world and the complex interactions of climate, soil and culture (i.e., terroir).
  • Receive hands-on experience with vine management.
  • In the winery and lab, learn the principles and processes of wine making, wine analysis, and sensory perception, as well as develop their own custom wine blends.
  • Enjoy special wine tastings and explore wine-food interactions.
    Visit wineries, speak to their owners to obtain an insider’s view of the wine business.
  • Dine with leading growers, winemakers, and faculty.

CUVEE welcomes people with a passion for grapes and wine:

  • Wine enthusiasts.
  • Individuals interested in growing grapes to produce wine for pleasure or for commercial purposes.
  • Anyone contemplating purchasing, investing in, or opening a winery.
    Wine professionals such as merchants, restaurateurs, chefs and sommeliers.
  • Anyone with a keen interest in understanding the nuts and bolts of growing grapes and making wine.

More information.

Hort alum is NOFA-NY president

Maggie & Jamie Edelstein, owners of Wyllie Fox Farm

Maggie & Jamie Edelstein, Owners of Wyllie Fox Farm

In January, Jamie Edelstein CALS ’97 assumed the office of president of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), an organization of consumers, gardeners, and farmers that has been working to create a sustainable regional food system since 1983.

Jamie and his wife Maggie own Wyllie Fox Farm in Cato, N.Y., where they grow vegetables, herbs, flowers and chickens. They are shifting this year from a CSA (community supported agriculture) operation to selling wholesale.

Jamie admits he was skeptical of the idea of growing organically when he was a student. “I actually only started looking at organic ag at the 2005 NOFA-NY winter conference,” he recalls. “I guess I’ve come a long way in the past six years.”

See also:

New York #5 in vegetables

Stephen ReinersStephen Reiners, Associate Professor, Horticulture, Cornell University, passes along his annual report on New York’s nationwide ranking as a vegetable producer based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

When you say New York, most people think of Broadway, Times Square and the Yankees. But outside the Big Apple, the state is a major player in the U.S. vegetable industry.

In 2010, New York ranked fifth among the states in both fresh market and processing vegetable acreage according to a report compiled from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics by Stephen Reiners (right), Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University. The state ranks in the top four in planted acres for fresh market cabbage, sweet corn, cauliflower, fall storage onions, pumpkins and squash as well as processing snap beans.

The total value of all New York fresh market vegetables 2010 was $361 million, according to the USDA. But that does not include potatoes, peppers, lettuce, carrots, eggplant, melons or dry beans. Adding these crops increases the total to close to $450 million, and $500 million if you add processing vegetables.

Read the whole report.

See also: Steve Reiners’ 2010 New York Vegetables Summary.

Webinar March 28: Getting Your Turf on the Right Track

Weevil sampling

Weevil sampling

From Lori Bushway:

2011 Cornell Landscape Webinar Series:

Getting Your Turf on the Right Track

A program designed to update landscape and golf course turf management professionals about the steps necessary to keep the condition of the turf that you manage healthy and vigorous throughout the 2011 growing season.

Date: Monday March 28, 2011 from 5:15 PM – 7:45 PM

Location: Your Local Cornell Cooperative Extension Office

For those wishing to attend please contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office to determine if they will be hosting an audience for this webinar. Find contact information for your office here:


Getting – and Keeping – the Bugs Out.
Cornell University Assistant Professor &Turfgrass Entomologist Dan Peck, Ph.D., will discuss the early-season scouting and intervention strategies that are necessary to get a head start on the prevention and management of major turfgrass insect pests on landscapes and golf courses, including Invasive Crane Flies, Annual Bluegrass Weevil, Chinch Bugs and White Grubs.

What We Learned from 2010 to Help in 2011.
Cornell University Associate Professor & NYS Turfgrass Extension Specialist Frank Rossi, Ph.D., will review the major pests and environmental stress factors that lead to significant pesticide use last season that may be avoided in the future. Particular emphasis will be placed on turfgrass selection, irrigation, soil conditions, and disease and weed pests.

NYS DEC Applicator Credits: 2.5 in categories 3a, 3b, 10 & 25

Also GCSAA Credits.

Recording of other programs sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sustainable Landscapes-Horticulture Program Work Team are available at:

Greenhouse floriculture internship

Neil Mattson and Gary Harman working with Walt Nelson and CCE-Monroe County are sponsoring a summer internship based in the Rochester area for a continuing Cornell student.

The intern will work on a project demonstrating and evaluating an organic manure-based substrate/fertilizer in greenhouse floriculture production.

Read more.

Signs of spring: Forced flower bulbs at KPL

Looking for a preview of spring? Melissa Kitchen posted pictures of forced flower bulbs at Kenneth Post Lab greenhouses in this Facebook photo album.

Forced tulips and hyacinths at Kenneth Post Lab

Forced tulips and hyacinths at Kenneth Post Lab

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