Todd Geisert’s farm in Washington, MO is not hard to find. A self-serve produce stand sits right on the side of the road, next to his sprawling pig farm. The Geisert family farm is best known for their pigs and meat products, but Geisert’s farm stand and new store are making their mark in Missouri. [Read more…]
Dr. Amy Dreves, Oregon State University, says Drosophila suzukii, more commonly known as the Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) is destroying the IPM programs developed in the 1940s and 50s.
“The SWD invasion has forced a lot of fruit growers to drastically increase chemical applications,” said Dreves. [Read more…]
At a recent conference, farmers gathered to attend classes and get an insight into the future of the industry, and learn the new practices and techniques in an ever-changing industry. Laura Biasillo, Agricultural Economic Development Specialist for Broome County, NY Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), gave a lecture explaining new studies and better techniques for selling more produce more consistently at farmers markets. [Read more…]
by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
It may not be a crystal ball, but weather apps developed by Cornell may help farmers better cope with fluctuations in weather.
Juliet Carroll, coordinator of the Fruit IPM program at Cornell University, presented “NEWA and CICSS Tools for Farmers” in an interactive demonstration at the recent Empire State Producers Expo. Aided by Jonathan Lambert, program assistant with Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions at Cornell University, Carroll led attendees in walking through the tools on their tablets, phones or laptops using the site’s WIFI connection. [Read more…]
“Marketing should be as painless and as labor efficient as possible,” Matt LeRoux, Ag Marketing Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension stated. He proceeded to elaborate by explaining that effort put towards marketing should result in something. Furthermore, he insisted marketing shouldn’t be complicated. [Read more…]