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Gene-altered moth trial in Geneva raises hopes… and worries

It seems like the stuff of science fiction: Genetically engineering a species to die before it can reproduce. But field tests of a gene-altered type of moth are taking place now at Cornell University’s Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. It’s a pesticide-free attempt to control invasive diamondback moths — an insect that devours crops like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. Cornell... more

20 years of apple touring in Wayne County

The annual Wayne County Apple Tour returns for the 20th year this fall. Since 1997, apple lovers throughout western and central New York have explored Wayne County to pick fresh apples, enjoy the fall colors, and enjoy a day of family fun. Wayne County is the largest apple-producing county in New York State. The tour runs throughout the month of... more

FLX apple crop is bountiful, tasty

There was a time not so long ago when New York’s apple farms were struggling. Competing against cheap, imported apple juice from China, the market for its own juice varieties was drying up quickly, leaving many farms with bottom lines as red as the fruit on their trees. Partly out of necessity, the industry here changed. Some marginal operations left... more

SCHEDULE: Empire Farm Days this week in Seneca Falls

Empire Farm Days will be hosted by Rodman Lott & Sons Farms located along State Route 414 in Seneca Falls on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week. Tuesday and Wednesday hours of operation will run from 9 am through 5 pm, and the event will wrap up on Thursday running from 9 am until 4 pm. There will be shuttle... more

Big Apple media touts Wayne County pie

When Christine Worth was asked to find an apple pie to submit for a media contest, she immediately knew who to turn to — Lagoner Farms of Williamson. “When I drive by I think of her apple dumplings and when I bring them home I hide them from my husband,” said Worth, director of tourism at Wayne County Tourism. Mitzi... more

Solar farm planned for Seneca Falls

Plans for a 20 megawatt solar panel project were unveiled Tuesday to the Town Board. Developer Grant Cushing of Canandaigua is president of Brownfield Group LLC. He said his company has large, commercial solar farm projects in 13 states and Canada. “We are getting into western New York in a large scale with new solar projects, encouraged by the state,”... more

Barn fire at Peters Dairy Farm quickly extinguished in Cayuga Co.

Multiple fire departments in Cayuga County were called to Peters Dairy Farm for the report of a barn fire in Auburn. Scanner traffic indicates that Poplar Ridge, Scipio, and Aurora Fire Departments, as well as Aurelius RIT Team, and Southern Cayuga Ambulance were called to the area of Route 34 and Gary Rd. for a reported barn fire. When Poplar... more

8-year-old killed in Varick farm accident

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce says an 8-year-old was killed in a fatal farm accident that happened during the early-afternoon hours on Friday. Around 1:40 pm deputies were called to an address on McCulloch Rd. in the Town of Varick for the report that Wilmer Zimmerman, of Romulus was caught between a John Deere Gator utility vehicle and a loaded... more

Empire Farm Days set for Aug. 8, 9 and 10 in Seneca Falls

Yes, it’s still a month away. But you’ll need time to pump up your energy reserves to “Come see for yourself!” — the theme for the 2017 Empire Farm Days at Seneca Falls, N.Y. You’ll be hoisting hoods, climbing into cabs and taking tractors, trucks, applicators, UTVs or construction equipment for a test spin. You’ll be loading up on equipment... more

Back to the roots: Local students return for apple rootstock research

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree … or the ground. A recent wave of agriculture uses rootstock from disease-resistant dwarf apple trees to increase production, decrease the need for sprays, and eliminate the danger of ladders. Branches or buds are grafted into dwarf tree roots to create apple trees planted by millions today. In these orchards, the trees... more

Cayuga County Legislature chooses not to support lawsuit against DEC

The Cayuga County Legislature chose not to file a friend-of-the-court brief for a lawsuit against the state Department of Environmental Conservation regarding its new permit for large animal farms. Cayuga County Farm Bureau President and chair of the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District Ray Lockwood had submitted a letter to the body on June 2, requesting they not... more

Here’s why they are growing hemp at Cornell

New York is well-positioned to become a major producer of industrial hemp. An interdisciplinary team of Cornell University researchers is studying possible barriers to the development of this industry, including seed issues and disease and insect pests, and will determine the best commercially available varieties for diverse New York conditions. In 2017, Cornell University’s Industrial Hemp Program will test seventeen... more

Farmers waiting for it to dry out in the region

It’s a slow start for farmers this season. Many are waiting for their farm fields to get dry enough to start planting crops like tomatoes, beans and sweet corn. “Last year we were begging for rain, and now we want it to get shut off,” said Dave Borrelli of Borrelli Farms. “We could use some drier weather.”   Borelli says... more
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