Spotted lanternfly threatens NY apple, grape and hop crops

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets confirmed that the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect originating in East Asia, has been found New York state.  This invasive pest has also been discovered in Pennsylvania and other states, and is a potential threat to important agricultural crops in New York, including grapes, apples, hops […]

Choose local, preserve and re-plant: Your guide to the perfect Christmas tree

As the search for the perfect Christmas tree begins, three Cornell University experts who work closely with New York Christmas tree producers offer advice for picking, preserving and eventually re-planting the perfect tree. In addition, New York state agriculture commissioner Richard A. Ball is encouraging families buy trees locally and support tree growers across the […]

Tiny wasps add a sting to lily beetle battle

Media note: Images of the lily leaf beetle and parasitoid wasp can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/LilyLeafBeetle. ITHACA, N.Y. – Many gardeners across New York state have given up on growing lilies, thanks to the lily leaf beetle, which has devastated the plants in many areas statewide, across the Northeast and in Canada. Researchers at Cornell […]