Collaboration between NYS, Cornell, and NYFVI Ensures Disease-Free Grapes
Viruses and other graft-transmissible diseases can be a major limiting factor in the development and production of high-quality grapes. It is therefore extremely important that growers establish new vineyards with healthy plants. To assist in this, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets has reinstated a program to certify grape rootstocks as free from the most destructive viruses and bacteria. Cornell University Associate Professor Marc Fuchs, with funding from the New York Farm Viability Institute, is providing the technical foundati ... Read more
Same-Day Haylage with Wide-Swath Red Clover
With its high protein content and easily-digested fiber, alfalfa is the preferred forage crop for dairy cattle, resulting in excellent milk production. But alfalfa requires well-drained soils to thrive, and New York State has thousands of acres of tillable land that are too poorly drained to support alfalfa production, which has become more evident with the heavy rains we have experienced over the past few years.
Red clover is often recommended for these soils because it is more tolerant of wet and acidic conditions and ... Read more