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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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Alfalfa-Meadow Fescue Mixtures – Something to Consider

Jul 29, 2016
Meadow fescue is grown extensively in Canada and Europe, but dropped out of use in the USA decades ago primarily due to reduced yield and disease susceptibility, compared to other grasses. Primarily grown for pasture use, meadow fescue has considerable potential in mixture with alfalfa. Read more

Recent results from the Cornell Organic Cropping Systems Experiment

Jul 29, 2016
In 2015, over 1000 certified organic farms were operating in New York State (NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets).   Nationwide, New York ranks third in number of organic farms and organic cropland harvested (USDA 2011).  Of the approximately 5000 dairy farmers in NYS, about 430 are currently certified organic.  Read more

Weed Seedbanks on Local Organic Farms

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