Research & Demonstration

Applied Research and Demonstration: The Farm Hub partners with academic institutions and regional educators to research and demonstrate agricultural practices that aim to balance ecological resilience and farm viability.  Our applied research projects on the farm have focused on identifying regionally adapted varieties of small grains, disease, and pest management in vegetable crops, reducing tillage, flood management, and strengthening riparian habitats, among other issues of importance to the farming community. Throughout our applied research programming, we strive to serve as a hub for sharing information, innovation, and ideas toward a more resilient agricultural and food system, one that supports production and ecological goals such as soil health, water quality, biodiversity, and climate resilience.

The 2020 season features:

  • Small Grains Trials:  Identifying small grains varieties adapted to the Hudson Valley to support farmers and interest in locally grown ingredients by millers, bakers, maltsters, brewers, and distillers.
  • Evaluating Tillage and Cover Crop Impacts on Greenhouse Gas Flux in Annual Vegetable Production Systems in Eastern New York.
  • Taking Tillage out of Organic Crop Rotation: Two different trials in collaboration with Cornell University’s Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab, studying 1) different methods for controlling weeds in perennial Kernza establishment, and 2) examining the biotic (pest, cover crop growth) and abiotic (soil moisture, soil nutrient, temperature) factors that effect cash crops no-till planted into summer and winter annuals.  
  • Whole Farm Organic Carbon-Soil Spatial Variability Study:  In collaboration with Woods End Laboratories, this farm-wide soil sampling effort across 1500 acres will examine carbon reserves in different management zones and soil types.
  • Organic management of Brassica diseases: Efficacy study of bio-rational pest control materials.
  • Evaluating the use of Entomopathogenic Nematodes for Controlling Wireworms and Colorado Potato Beetle in Potatoes.
  • Nematode Biocontrol Trial for the Potato Beetle: The Farm Hub is studying the use of beneficial nematodes to control the Colorado Potato Beetle.
  • Native Meadow Trial: Native Meadows give the space for beneficial insects and birds and incorporating methods such as the use of cover crops to create a habitat for beneficial insects and birds while restoring health to the soil.
  • NOVIC: Participating in the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative’s organic seed trial, a national program seeking to increase organic seed varieties for farmers.

Previous research trials at the Farm Hub include:

  • Nematode Biocontrol Trial for Wireworms: The Farm Hub studied the use of beneficial nematodes to combat wireworm larvae in sweet potato crops.
  • Allium Leafminer in Garlic: A trial evaluating methods for managing and reducing the onslaught of the Allium Leafminer pest in leeks, scallion, and garlic. 
  • Organic No-till Soybeans Trial: Examined the efficacy of using the roll and crimp method for weed management, and how it can be incorporated into cover crops.
  • Root Crops Variety Trial: Evaluating thirty-one varieties of carrots, eighteen varieties of beets, and seven parsnip varieties for yield, appearance, color, taste, and storage ability.
  • Tomato Variety Trial: Part of an ongoing Cornell Cooperative Extension program developing tomato lines with resistance to three destructive plant diseases: late blight, early blight, and septoria leaf spot.
  • Fusarium Fungus in Garlic: Two trials at the Farm Hub evaluated methods for managing and reducing fusarium infection in garlic.

We host events for commercial farmers at the Farm Hub to share findings from our research and demonstration projects.

Please visit our Events page for dates and details.

The Farm Hub also participates in the Network for Environment and Weather Applications. In 2017 we established a Rainwise weather station on the Farm Hub’s property.  In doing so, the Farm Hub contributes to a regional network that helps farmers make informed crop decisions. To view real-time weather conditions at the Farm Hub, click here.

Farmscape Ecology: A number of ongoing research and demonstration projects explore the interface and balance between farming and wild nature. Click here to learn more.