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Tulane announces five finalists for $1 million Dead Zone Challenge

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Dec 7, 2016
Adapt-N, an initiative of Professor van Es, Soil and Crop Sciences, is one of the five finalists! The purpose of the challenge is to find in-field solutions to hypoxia that reduce nitrogen runoff from crop fertilizers into rivers. Such runoff from the nation's farmlands is considered the primary cause of annual dead zones. (Best of luck to the Adapt-N research team!) Read more

Grant to aid study of microbes' role in soil carbon cycle

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Nov 9, 2016
A project led by Cornell researchers Dan Buckley and Johannes Lehmann, Soil and Crop Sciences section, to better understand soil microbes and their role in the carbon cycle has received a three-year, $3.59 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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SCS Professor Janice Thies to receive awards at the Tri-Societies annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ

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Oct 31, 2016
The tri-societies, including the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), and the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) are presenting national awards at the national meetings in Phoenix, AZ on November 6-9, 2016. Cornell professor Janice Thies will receive the fellow award from SSSA and the fellow award from ASA. Cornell will also be well represented as Harold van Es is the President of SSSA in 2016. Read more

Ancient Farming Practice Reduces Pollution

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Oct 31, 2016
Using a technique similar to composting – but with a twist – West African farmers create rich soil that absorbs global-warming carbon dioxide. Hear the Yale Climate Connections radio spot with Dawit Solomon, faculty member in Cornell’s Soil and Crop Sciences section.

Nutrition information...for cows?

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Oct 26, 2016
We have it easier than cows. When we want to know how much fat, sodium, or carbohydrates are in the food we are eating, we can usually check the nutrition label on the food’s package. But cows haven't had access to detailed nutrition facts about their forage. Until recently. Read more

The Tent Casually Observed Phenologies

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Oct 14, 2016
For one day only, Brooklyn-based artist James Leonard is putting up his “Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies” between Bradfield and Rice Halls, on October 14, 2016. Between 10am and 5pm, visitors can probe climate futures and get tarot readings to help them grapple with today’s environmental issues. His readings do not replace hard facts and scientific data on climate change. The tarot readings serve as a framework to talk about anxieties of an increasingly uncertain and rapidly changing future.

The event is organized and part of the Environmental and Sustainability Science Colloquium (Riha and Lehmann), co-organized by the Johnson Museum, and supported by the Department of Natural Resources. More information about the artist and his project under http://jamesleonard.org/work/

Intercropping: Intersection of soil health, production

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Sep 26, 2016
Ann Bybee-Finley, graduate student in the section of Soil and Crop Sciences, researches intercropping at Cornell University. Intercropping is a complex practice of farming where different plant species are grown in the same space. Read more

Can mountains of animal bones boost food security in Ethiopia?

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Jun 30, 2016
“There were piles of bones that nobody was using at the time,” says Cornell University soil scientist Dawit Solomon, a native of Ethiopia. Solomon and colleagues decided to turn the mountains of slaughtered cattle, sheep and goat carcasses into a local fertilizer source. Read more

How Africans Are Saving Their Own Soil

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Jun 22, 2016
Cornell faculty member Dr. Dawitt Solomon, and colleagues, explain the value of studying traditional African methods of soil enrichment in a recently published scientific paper and a National Geographic feature

Agricultural Sciences education an effective path to STEM careers

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May 26, 2016
A recent article in USNews & World Report concludes that education in agriculture sciences provide STEM education that can lead to exciting career opportunities. For example, Cornell professor DiTommaso points out that “airborne multi-spectral imagery allows for remote sensing to differentiate weeds from crops in a field, for more effective and targeted control.” Read more

Finicky deer avoid some invasive plants, promoting spread

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Apr 14, 2016
The dietary preferences of deer may be promoting the spread of such invasive species as garlic mustard, Japanese barberry and Japanese stiltgrass, according to a new study, by Kristine Averill, research associate in Soil and Crop Sciences and the article's lead author in the Journal Biological Invasions. Read more

Kids face higher lead exposure playing in urban gardens

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Apr 7, 2016
Professor Murray McBride, Soil and Crop Sciences, and Hannah Shayler, Cornell Waste Management Institute, along with researchers from NYS Department of Health, estimate that some gardeners who toil in urban gardens and children at play in them could be exposed to lead levels that exceed FDA thresholds, as reported in Environmental Geochemistry and Health. Read more

Interest in biochar surges

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Mar 7, 2016
One of the two cover stories published in Chemical & Engineering News highlights Professor Johannes Lehmann's research. Read more

Soil scientist Nyle Brady dies at 95

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Dec 3, 2015
Nyle Brady, a professor and leader in soil science, died Nov. 24 in Colorado at age 95. He joined Cornell in 1947 and held leadership roles in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Nyle was the Chair of Soil and Crop Sciences from 1955-1963. Read more

Scientists urge new soil-carbon model for climate change era

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Nov 23, 2015
In the fight to protect the environment, achieve food security and promote sustainable development, agricultural scientists, Professor Johannes Lehmann, Soil and Crop Sciences Section in the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University and Professor Markus Kleber, Oregon State University, advocate for new and improved soil research models that accurately forecast climate change. Read more

Cornellians travel to Paris for global climate summit

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Nov 18, 2015
Cornell researchers will travel to Paris as part of the university's delegation to the global climate change summit, COP21. Delegations from over 190 countries and more than 50,000 people will attend. Professor Johannes Lehmann, Soil and Crop Sciences Section in the School of Integrative Plant Science is one of the Cornell delegates. Read more

SCS faculty receiving awards at the Tri-Societies annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN

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Nov 10, 2015
The tri-societies, including the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), and the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) are presenting national awards at the national meetings in Minneapolis, MN, November 15-18, 2015. Cornell award recipients include professors Tim Setter, Peter Hobbs and Tony DiTommaso. Harold van Es is the President-Elect for SSSA. Read more about the national awards.

Susan Hoskins receives the 2015 Virginia Figura Award

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Oct 28, 2015
Susan Hoskins, Senior Extension Associate in the SCS Section, was presented the award by the New York Geographic Alliance in recognition of her distinguished service to geographic education in NYS. Susan has taught many mapping workshops for educators through the Alliance and has contributed to NOAA/National Geographic educator professional development grants for mapping the Susquehanna River watershed and other river basins in New York. Susan is a faculty-member in the Soil and Crop Sciences Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science and member of Cornell’s Institute for Resource Information Sciences.

Professor Leon Kochian named to Agricultural Research Service Science Hall of Fame

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Sep 21, 2015
Professor Kochian, adjunct professor in Soil and Crop Science and in Plant Biology at Cornell University, has been named to the Agricultural Research Service Science Hall of Fame. The award honors USDA-ARS senior agency researchers for outstanding, lifelong achievements in agricultural science and technology. His work has unraveled the strategies that plants use to tolerate acid soils which are high in toxic soluble aluminum. This environmental constrain is especially prevalent in the highly weathered soils of the tropics and subtropics. His work has also elucidated plant processes involved in mineral nutrition. Read more

Rise of the citizen scientist

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Aug 25, 2015
A paper in Geoderma entitled ‘Can citizen science assist digital soil mapping?’ by David Rossiter, Adjunct Associate Professor, is prominently featured in an editorial in Nature and makes the case that, yes, non-specialists can help expert soil scientists to track quality, properties and types of soil. Read more

DiTommaso Wins Crop Science Teaching Award

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Jul 13, 2015
In his 16 years of teaching at Cornell University, Antonio DiTommaso has taught more than 1,000 students in his weed science and integrated pest management courses. The evaluations of many of these students contributed to the decision of The Crop Science Society of America award. Read more

Researchers share the "Year of Soils"

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May 1, 2015
Faculty and graduate researchers from Cornell’s Soil and Crop Sciences section spread the dirt on the power – and vulnerability – of soil at an April 29 event. Read more

"Soil and Crop Sciences" name change

Tim Setter
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Apr 1, 2015
In recent celebration, chair Tim Setter unveiled the section’s new name “Soil and Crop Sciences.” In 2014, the department joined with four other CALS departments to form the School of Integrative Plant Science, and changed its name to Section of Soil and Crop Sciences.  An updated history of soil and crop departments at Cornell can be found at this link: http://scs.cals.cornell.edu/about/history. Photos of the event can be seen at: https://cornellcropsoilsciences.shutterfly.com/pictures/45.

New faculty focus: Martínez joins SIPS with universal appeal

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Mar 3, 2015
Is there a universal science? Carmen Enid Martínez, a new associate professor in the Soil and Crop Sciences section of the School of Integrative Plant Sciences, thinks there is: chemistry. She might be biased, as a soil and environmental chemist herself, but she says the work she is doing in her lab is certainly universally applicable. Read the full article in CALS Notes. Read more

Jean Bonhotal receives US Composting Council Award

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Feb 18, 2015
Jean Bonhotal was awarded the distinguished Rufus Chaney Award by the US Composting Council at the USCC Annual Conference and Trade Show in January 2015 in Austin, TX. The award goes to recipients who excel in research and education over a period of many years. Jean has dedicated her career at the Cornell Waste Management Institute to research and technical assistance to a range of audiences, including youth, college students, extension, farmers and solid waste managers.

The 2014 MacDonald-Musgrave Award for Excellence

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Jan 22, 2015
Crop and Soil Sciences presented the 2014 MacDonald-Musgrave Awards for excellence to: Mary Ellen Niederhofer, Rachel Hestrin and Jerry Cherney.  These important honors are given based on exceptional performance and professional contributions to the Soil and Crop Sciences Section. Congratulations! Read more

Agriculture: State-Of-The-Art Soil

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Jan 15, 2015
In a recent article in the journal Nature, Cornell’s professor of soil science, Johannes Lehmann, is quoted as saying that different types of biochar “have unique potential to mitigate some of the greatest soil-health constraints to crop productivity.” The article is in the January 14, 2015 issue of Nature. Read more

Adapt-N 'graduates'

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Jan 11, 2015
The nitrogen recommendation system Adapt-N, which originated in the lab of soil science professor Harold van Es, has ‘graduated’ from Cornell’s venture development center.  ATC, a technology startup at Cornell, which makes the system available to corn growers, has obtained capital investment and will expand on its own. Read more

Mitigating Climate Change with Soil Conservation Practices

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Dec 8, 2014
Cornell soil scientist Johannes Lehmann speaks about climate change mitigation strategies for the UN COP 20 Climate Change Conference held December 2014 in Lima, Peru. Lehmann addresses the potential of biochar for sequestering carbon and improving soil health. Read more

World Soil Day

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Dec 2, 2014
December 5th has been designated "World Soil Day" by the International Union of Soil Sciences, the FAO, and the UN General Assembly. World Soil Day will serve as a celebration of "the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being." In support of World Soil Day, the Section of Soil and Crop Sciences invites faculty, staff and students to drop by a display in Mann Library foyer from 9-5 on December 5th, 2014. We will be using posters, hands on displays and video clips to educate observers about the importance of soils from multiple perspectives.  Come see what all the excitement is about! Read more

National awards presented to Cornell soil Scientists

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Nov 5, 2014
The tri-societies, including the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), and the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) presented national awards at the national meetings in Long Beach, California in November 1-5, 2014. Several Cornell University faculty and students were among those recognized. Read more

The Love Life of Plants

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Oct 23, 2014
Read Bill Gates blog post during his visit to Cornell about field crops research being done on corn and cassava. Read more

Building Agricultural Research

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Oct 6, 2014
Greater investment in agricultural research is advocated by Donald Kennedy, president emeritus at Stanford University and a former editor-in-chief of Science, to assure our ability to sustain the looming population increase.  In an editorial published in the October 3, 2014 issue of Science, he concludes that “The much-needed revolutions in agriculture can only come about through the investments that we make now.” Read more

Northern Stem Canker: A New Challenge for New York Soybean Producers

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Sep 19, 2014
For the first time in New York or the northeastern U.S., a serious disease called ‘northern stem canker’ was confirmed in New York soybean fields.  Reported yield losses in the Midwest have ranged from minor to in excess of 50%, so the presence of the pathogen is considered a significant factor for soybean production. Read more

Implementation of a Soil Health Management Plan Resolves Pond Eutrophication at Tuckaway Farm, NH

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Sep 17, 2014
A collaborative project has been initiated among partners at NH NRCS, Cornell, Greenstart, NH Conservation Districts, and NH farms in four counties. The goal was to develop a framework for a soil health test-informed Soil Health Management Plan (SHMP), analogous with the NRCS’s Nutrient Management Plan, but with biological and physical test results to be considered, in addition to standard soil test results. Read more

Late Summer is a Good Time to Control “Deep-Rooted” Perennial Broadleaf Weeds

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Jul 31, 2014
All perennial weeds can be troublesome, however “deep-rooted”, creeping perennial broadleaf weeds such as field bindweed, hemp dogbane, horsenettle, and common milkweed are among the most difficult to control.  Like annual and biennial weeds, these perennials reproduce by forming seed.  In addition, they spread by rhizomes (underground stems). Read more

Preliminary Data Indicate Corn and Wheat Acreage Down but Soybean Acreage Soars in NY in 2014

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Jul 28, 2014
Corn acreage for grain in NY, as of June 1, is expected to total 660,000 acres in 2014, a decrease of about 4% from 2013 (690,000 acres). Corn acreage for silage production in NY, as of June 1, is expected to total 500,000 acres in 2014, down about 2% from 2013 (510,000 acres). Only 58% of the corn in NY was planted by June 1, however, so grain acreage could decrease further because of maturity concerns for June-planted corn, especially on dairy farms. Read more

How Does Corn Planting Depth Affect Stand Establishment?

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Jul 25, 2014
Most agronomists agree that a ~2.0 inch planting depth is usually optimum for corn establishment in northern latitudes that receive ample rainfall during the spring. A shallower planting depth, especially less than 1.5 inches, may lead to early-season root lodging associated with shallow nodal root development or corn injury from pre-emergence herbicides. Read more

Weed Seedling Identification Workshop Held

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Jun 9, 2014
Professor Antonio DiTommaso, Cornell Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, in cooperation with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Statewide Program, held a one-day hands-on workshop on weed seedling identification for PRISM partners. Scott Morris, Kathy Howard, and Courtney Stokes, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, assisted with the workshop. Read more

New school positions plant and soil science for the future

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Jun 6, 2014
Five departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – Plant Biology, Horticulture, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Crop and Soil Sciences, and Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology – have been consolidated into the School of Integrative Plant Science. Read more

New York Farm Delves Deeper with Adapt-N

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Jun 2, 2014
Arnold Richardson has had his eye on Adapt-N since 2009, when the tool for weather-adapted sidedress nitrogen recommendations first became available. Of a self-described “competitive nature,” the Red Creek, NY farmer is constantly seeking and testing new strategies that can improve his farm system and boost yields and profits. After several years of watching the development of Adapt-N and its success in early on-farm trials, Richardson conducted strip trials of the Cornell nitrogen management tool in three fields in 2013. Read more

Adapt-N Responds to Weather, Increases Grower Profits in 2013 Strip Trials

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Jun 2, 2014
Adapt-N is an on-line tool for weather-adjusted precision nitrogen management in corn that has been available to growers in the Northeast and several Midwestern states since 2010 (http://adapt-n.cals.cornell.edu). In 2013, with an uncharacteristically wet spring, the tool successfully adapted N recommendations to account for early-season N dynamics, and further demonstrated its ability to improve farmer profits. Read more

Findings may advance iron-rich, cadmium-free crops

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May 28, 2014
Professor Olena Vatamaniuk and colleagues have discovered that a transporter protein is involved in iron as well as cadmium partitioning.  The work, which is reported in a recent article in Plant Cell, is a multidisciplinary collaboration including current PhD student Sheena Gayomba, as well as several other current and former students, and colleagues at the USDA, Purdue University, University of Aberdeen, and Dartmouth College. Read more

Custom-built, rather than all-purpose biochars are needed

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Apr 29, 2014
Professor Johannes Lehmann suggests in a recent issue of Nature Geoscience that “Rather than thinking of biochar as a one-size-fits-all soil enhancer, we need to focus on developing tailor-made biochar systems for individual applications that take into account soil type, climate and social setting.” Read more

Professor Peter Hobbs Receives NACTA Teaching Award

Peter Hobbs
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Apr 21, 2014
Professor Peter Hobbs is the 2014 recipient of the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award. This award is presented to a faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to teaching in agricultural sciences. Hobbs was presented with this award at the Dean’s Awards Reception on April 21.

New York Corn Production During the Last 25 Years

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Apr 21, 2014
What's Cropping Up? Vol. 24, No. 2: NY corn growers typically plant 1.15 million acres annually, making NY the 17th leading state in the USA in corn acres. NY is unique, in that planted corn acreage fluctuates between an approximate 50:50 ratio of grain corn and corn silage. Read more

Transformation of soybean from minor to major NY crop

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Apr 17, 2014
What's Cropping Up? Vol. 24, No. 2: Soybean is the agricultural commodity in New York that has increased the most in both acreage and value over the last 25 years. The $195M value of soybean in 2012 ranked the crop as the 6th leading agricultural commodity in New York. Read more

Acetochlor Herbicide Stewardship – New York State

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Apr 15, 2014
What's Cropping Up? Vol. 24, No. 2: Acetochlor herbicide products received registration approval in New York in February 2013 providing New York growers with a valuable new tool and an expanded array of options for weed control. Read more

Grad student to wrestle weeds in collegiate contest

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Jul 12, 2013
The Cornell University Weed Team sends graduate student Courtney Stokes to the 2013 North Central and Northeastern Collegiate Weed competition in Illinois for two days of brutal, mind-bending, grueling agronomic combat on July 24-25. Read more