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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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Organic Sunflowers for Seed Butter

Feb 7, 2017
Early in 2016, the Cornell Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab met with Bob Gelser, CEO of the Once Again Nut Butter Collective, Inc. (OANB) about the feasibility of growing organic confectionary sunflowers in New York State. OANB is an employee-owned business in Nunda, NY that produces several types of nut and seed butters and other products. Read more

Update of Scoring Functions for Cornell Soil Health Test

Dec 7, 2016
Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health
Soil health refers to the ability of a soil to function and provide ecosystem services. The Cornell Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health (CASH), initially referred to as the Cornell Soil Health Test, is a tool designed to aid landowners and managers in the evaluation of their soil health status. Read more

Alfalfa-Grass Mixtures – 2016 Update

Dec 7, 2016
The vast majority of alfalfa acreage in NY is sown with a perennial grass. Until recently, there has been very little research on grass species selection or management of mixtures. We do not know what the optimum percentage of grass should be in mixtures, and it is unclear how consistent grass percentage is across species, varieties and environments. Read more

Perennial Grain Crop Production in New York State

Dec 7, 2016
What are perennial grain crops?
Grain crops constitute the majority of human caloric intake and have been bred for high yields and consistent production. Although these crops are incredibly productive and feed billions of people every year, intensive cultivation Read more