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The Cornell Climate Smart Farming Program has developed a website and suite of free, climate-based agricultural decision support tools aimed at helping farmers make more informed decisions. Northeastern farmers can enter their exact farm location into a map interface, along with crop specific information. The models then will provide relevant information to improve decision-making. For example, the CSF Apple Freeze Damage Probability tool and the Grape Hardiness and Freeze Risk tool allow growers to chart temperatures and compare them with plant hardiness information to assess potential for freeze damage. Other applications available from the website monitor drought, assist in selecting cover crops, and measure growing degree days.



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