Hops

Hops

Crops

Choose a question below to learn more about crops grown in Jefferson County.

General Interest:

Are grocery store organics worth the money?

How did the drought like conditions this summer affect the farmers’ crops?

How does one safely learn to forage for wild plants?

I have cut my lawn three times already this year and my farmer neighbor still hasn’t mowed his hay. What gives?

I heard farmers release wasps to control certain pests.I don’t like the idea of having wasps around.Should I be concerned?

I live in the country and have hard well water, so we use a water softener. Can I water houseplants and gardens with softened water?

I want to grow potatoes this season.Can I just plant potatoes from the grocery store?

I’m a gardener and part of a military family. We just moved to the area and I have never gardened in the north. When can I plant my vegetable seeds?

I’m closing down my organic vegetable garden for the winter – should I apply cow/horse manure now or next spring?

Is the drought of 2016 over?

Is it true that most of the commercially grown fruits and vegetables in the United States are GMOs?

My husband and I have grown sweet corn on our small farm for many years. This summer, we decided to market our product to the public. We set up a roadside stand by the farm and have been very successful. People just love our fresh corn! I have recently become aware of the new food safety requirements outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and am wondering if our roadside operation would be subject to the standards detailed under FSMA guidelines?

What are all the large white mushrooms I see in the hay fields?

What are all those flags in the crop field?

What are farmers doing to improve soils for future crops?

What affect did the rainy growing season have on the corn crop?

What crops are in high demand?

What is soil health?

What is the difference between hay and straw?

What methods do farmers use to control pests on their farms?

Hops:

The New York Farm Brewery Law became effective in January 2013, increasing the demand for locally grown malting barley. Why aren’t farmers in Northern New York taking advantage of this new market and planting malting barley?

I’m interested in growing hops. How do I get started?

Vegetables:

Can you save seeds from crops like cucumber, gourd, squash, melon and pumpkin for planting next year? Someone told me they won’t grow.

Do I still need to wash my organic produce?

Driving around farm areas it seems that soybean harvest occurred later than normal. Is this true? If so, why?

I do not have a green thumb, but want to know what are some easy vegetables to grow?

I still have a lot of green tomatoes in my garden- what is the best way to ripen them?

I was told that when you plant tomatoes you should bury the whole stem in the soil. Is this correct? Should I do the same for all of my transplants?

This year I planted winter squash and pumpkins for the first time. How do I know when they are ripe and what is the best way to store them?

What exactly is a ‘3 Sister’ garden? Is it just a story?

What is the purpose of gourds other than as decorations in the fall?

Why do my tomatoes get black, sunken spots on the bottom of the fruit?

Why do some vegetables grow in the ground?

Why do I have to eat vegetables?


Contact

Catherine Moore
Agriculture, Natural Resources & Fort Drum Issue Leader
Cmm17@cornell.edu
(315) 788-8450 ext. 236

Last updated October 2, 2017