Forage Quality

Forage QualityKnowing when to start first cutting haycrop can be a challenge. Harvest can not be tied to a particular calendar date but instead is dependent on heat and soil moisture. Alfalfa height has proven to be the best indicator of alfalfa and grass quality in the field and can give producers a heads up as to when to harvest.

To give producers some idea of when to start harvesting first cutting, the CNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team staff measures alfalfa height on over 55 fields across the eight counties. Those locations were chosen to reflect the diversity of heat, elevation, and soil moisture found in our area.



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Past Relevant Events

Hay Crop School ~ Mohawk

March 1 - March 8, 2016
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Mohawk, NY

Hay Crop School ~ Ballston Spa

March 2 - March 9, 2016
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Ballston Spa, NY

Hay Crop School ~ Cobleskill

March 3 - March 10, 2016
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cobleskill, NY

Most Recent Forage Quality Content

1st Cutting Forage Quality Update ~ May 28, 2018

Kevin Ganoe, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 29, 2019

This is our fifth and final week of monitoring 1st cutting for quality in 2019. If you are not familiar with our procedures we use alfalfa height to predict Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF) for alfalfa, alfalfa/grass mixed and grass stands. Alfalfa height has proven to be a reliable indicator of NDF values in the field.


1st Cutting Forage Quality Update ~ May 21, 2019

Kevin Ganoe, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 22, 2019

This is our fourth week of monitoring 1st cutting for quality in 2019.  


1st Cutting Forage Quality Update ~ May 14, 2019

Kevin Ganoe, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 15, 2019

This is our third week of monitoring 1st cutting for quality in 2019.






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Upcoming Events

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meeting ~ Sharon Springs

August 21, 2019
1-3:00 pm
Oxford, NY

With continued low milk prices, getting the biggest bang for your buck out of your home-grown corn silage can help you get improved performance from your herd while also lowering dependence on purchased feed. Plan to attend one of the following on-farm Corn Silage Pre-Harvest meetings to get up to speed on the latest research-backed strategies you can put to work on your dairy. 

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2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meeting ~ Oxford

August 22, 2019
1-3:00 pm
Oxford, NY

With continued low milk prices, getting the biggest bang for your buck out of your home-grown corn silage can help you get improved performance from your herd while also lowering dependence on purchased feed. Plan to attend one of the following on-farm Corn Silage Pre-Harvest meetings to get up to speed on the latest research-backed strategies you can put to work on your dairy. 

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2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meeting ~ Canastota

August 26, 2019
1-3:00 pm
Canastota, NY

With continued low milk prices, getting the biggest bang for your buck out of your home-grown corn silage can help you get improved performance from your herd while also lowering dependence on purchased feed. Plan to attend one of the following on-farm Corn Silage Pre-Harvest meetings to get up to speed on the latest research-backed strategies you can put to work on your dairy. 

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Announcements

2019 CNY Feeder Calf Sale

Plan now for the 2019 Feeder Calf Sale!  See more info at https://cnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=859&crumb=livestock|10

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