What's Cropping Up? Newsletter

What's Cropping Up? is a bimonthly digital newsletter distributed by the Section of Soil and Crop Sciences at Cornell University. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide timely information on field crop production and environmental issues as it relates to New York agriculture.  The current issue is below.

The latest articles are available at the What's Cropping Up? blog. PDFs of previous issues are also available in the archive and on Issuu.

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Whole Farm Corn and Hay Yield Variability; a Dairy Farm Case Study

Published: 
Jun 7, 2016
Access to accurate yield records is essential if we want to identify limitations to crop production on individual farms, fields, or portions of fields, and to improve field and farm productivity over time. We also need to know yields to evaluate where investment of additional resources (labor, nutrients, seed, lime, tile, etc.) will result in an increase in yield. Read more

Weed Seedbanks on Local Organic Farms

Published: 
Jun 7, 2016
The goal of this project was to quantify soil weed seedbanks in the fields of four local organic farms. In particular, we have heard from organic farmers that red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) often volunteers profusely in some fields after tillage. Read more

Buckwheat, a historic crop with modern opportunities

Published: 
Jun 7, 2016
Buckwheat is a historic crop in New York and Pennsylvania that is seen higher demand as a gluten-free food, and is financially attractive when commodity-crop prices are at today’s low. This article provides an update on the organization of the American buckwheat industry and some thoughts on how the crop fits in New York agriculture. Read more

What is the Nutrient Balance of Your Dairy Farm?

Published: 
Jun 7, 2016
Nutrient balance is short for “whole farm nutrient mass balance”. While this is a mouthful to say, knowing a whole farm nutrient mass balance for a farm can help managers identify opportunities for improvements that impact farm profitability and the environment. Read more

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