Farm Calls: Evidence-Based Agriculture and Full Moon Frosts

This week, Morris County Ag Agent Pete Nitzsche comments that North Jersey spring temperatures have farmers discussing the relationship between the occurrence of a full moon and frost.
There’s good reason for concern. [Read more…]

How to Know if You Have Enough Native Pollinator Habitat

Fifer Orchards Farm MarketThis month in Sustaining Farming on the Urban Fringe – How to Know if You Have Enough Native Pollinator Habitat Serving Your Farm, we look at whether the global call to set aside cropland for native pollinator habitat applies to New Jersey farms.
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If NJ urban fringe farmers manage or set aside land for native pollinator habitat, are they likely to gain any yield benefits?

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Farm Calls: Vineyards, Helicopters, Frost Protection …and Right-to-Farm

This week brings a call from a wine grape grower asking if the use of helicopters is among the accepted standard operating procedures in fruit growing regions during Inversion Layer Freezes. [Read more…]

High Farmland Prices – Low Farmland Rents

This month in Sustaining Farming on the Urban Fringe – High Farmland Value, Low Farmland Rent: Unintended Consequences, we explore how extraordinary high NJ cropland values became coupled with surprisingly low cost farmland rents. [Read more…]