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Berry crop report: Mostly sweet [ 7/27/2012] – Most berry crops, with the exception of strawberries, survived winter and spring conditions extremely well. With proper irrigation, the potential crop of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries should be the best in years, said Marvin Pritts, berry-crop specialist and chair of the Department of Horticulture at Cornell.

Creating healthy places living furniture workshop [ 7/27/2012] – Students from Lyons and Sodus, N.Y. created sod furniture with help from Marcia Eames-Sheavly from the Garden Based Learning Program at Cornell University. ““In the plant world, you normally need to exercise patience, but this activity allows for instant gratification.” she says.

Name that grape: Cornell seeks compelling monikers for new wine varieties [ 8/1/2012] – Cornell University scientists are asking the public for names for two new wine grape varieties that will be released from their breeding program in 2013. The two latest varieties from grape breeder Bruce Reisch include a cold-hardy white wine grape and an innovative organic dark red.

Lineberger becomes head of Texas A&M horticulture department – again [AgriLife Today 7/30/2012] – Dr. Dan Lineberger, who was Texas A&M University head of horticultural sciences from 1990-94, will return to that position on Aug. 1. He earned a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from North Carolina State University in 1971, and his master’s in 1974 and doctorate in 1978, both in ornamental horticulture and floriculture from Cornell University.

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