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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 always 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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Rotary Hoe Operation at the V1-2 Stage Decreases Organic Corn Plant Densities by 5.5% but has Limited Effect on Organic Soybean Plant Densities

Aug 11, 2017

Unfortunately, we were unable to plant wheat after soybean in the fall of 2016 because green stem in soybean compounded with very wet conditions in October and early November delayed soybean harvest until November 9, too late for wheat planting. Consequently, corn followed soybean as well as wheat/red cover in 2017 (Table 1). This article will focus on corn and soybean plant densities after the rotary hoeing operation in the organic cropping system. Read more

NYCSGA Precision Ag Research Update: Year One of Model Validation

Aug 11, 2017

The 2016 field season marked the first year of testing for the variable rate planting model that is being developed by the Precision Ag Research Project. Growers across New York State know the challenges that the severe summer drought brought to our region.  Crop yields were impacted across the state and the research was no exception.  While unfortunate, it is advantageous to be able to test the model during a dry year and learn from how the crops reacts to the stress. Read more

Series: Phosphorus and the Environment, 1. An Introduction to Phosphorus

Aug 11, 2017

In 1999, “What’s Cropping Up?” featured a series of articles on phosphorus (P) and agriculture. At the time, P and water quality was a big topic. New York had just released its first Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Permit and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) and Cornell University personnel worked closely together to frame up New York’s version of the Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) system. Read more