A series of on-farm summer field meetings were held for dairy and beef producers to increase awareness of issues and IPM approaches to manage nuisance and biting flies on dairy cattle in and around confinement areas and for animals on pasture.
Ecological change in large lakes affects the livelihoods of a large number of people. Food web dynamics is at the heart of these changes, as they affect fish and fisheries. We have developed methods to assess the lower trophic levels on which fish depend and are analyzing the effects of ecological change on the whole food web. We are since 2012 the main EPA grantee for monitoring the lower trophic levels of all five Great Lakes, from Superior to Ontario and share this information with managers in the US and Canada
With the tax pressure on marginal land increasing, there is an apparent interest in putting productive agricultural crops back onto such land. Our research aims to determine what crops are the best options for environmental sustainability and integrity.
The Cornell Dairy Fellows Program is designed for students who are interested in careers related to the dairy industry. Approximately 140 students participate in the Fellows Program each year. The program integrates a set of courses addressing the disciplines in the industry, industry and farm visits, in-depth farm analysis, seminars with industry leaders, industry conferences, exchange programs, international trips, and summer internships in dairy-related careers. These experiences allow students to apply their knowledge, skills, and mind-set in multiple real-life situations.
The PRO-DAIRY mission is to increase the profitability and competitiveness of New York's dairy businesses through industry-applied research and educational programs that enhance farm profitability while advancing dairy professionals' knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for dairying.
Soybean acreage has increased from 140,000 to 310,000 acres in New York over the last 10 years. More importantly, NY soybeans were valued at ~$200M in 2012 compared to ~$40M as recently as 2005. This ever-expanding crop is providing additional economic vitality to rural communities in upstate NY. Unfortunately, soybean has been considered a minor crop so very limited research had been conducted on soybean at Cornell until recently.
For the last seven years we have been actively developing non-chemical, reduced risk and organic cultural pest management programs for golf turf. This work has attracted great interest in the U.S. and abroad and has spurred growth in our evaluation of new technologies. Taken in concert, the existing research is ready for expanded application, and we have begun delivery via a number of educational strategies.
Codling moths (CM) and Oriental fruit moths (OFM) pose economic and environmental risks to apple production in New York. In spite of monitoring, insect developmental models, and increased insecticide usage in high pressure blocks, many growers are still having problems due to insufficient spray coverage and/or insecticide resistance. These two factors can be mitigated by evaluating and improving spray coverage in various tree sizes and/or using mating disruption pheromone technology. The costs of these two approaches differ significantly.
The benefits of gardening are many, including fostering environmental/scientific literacy, community building and social integration and human well-being. Gardening benefits are maximized when garden success is achieved.
Cultivating a group of well-informed community leaders through the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) county Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) programs puts research-based knowledge related to successful and ecologically sound gardening practices to work in homes, schools and communities throughout New York state.
As animal breeders and genetic specialists, we work to apply genetic principles to the selection of beef cattle with economically relevant traits.