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 22, 2018

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

Last Modified: May 22, 2018

This is our third week and final week of monitoring of 1st cutting for quality for 2018. 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 15, 2018

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

Last Modified: May 16, 2018

Our second summary for 2018 shows 70 percent of the fields ready to be cut now if they are all grass and a number of fields that are mixed stands should be cut or will need to be cut before next Tuesday.

Credit to David Balbian, Ashley McFarland, Mark Schmidt, Sarah Ficken, and Bill Gibson for gathering the info in the field.

As always use information in the pdf as a guide to know when to harvest by checking your fields! Next report May 22!

1st Cutting Forage Quality Update ~ May 8, 2018

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

Last Modified: May 9, 2018

May 8, 2018 began our monitoring of 1st cutting for quality this year. 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.





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Upcoming Events

Calving and Neonatal Calf Training~Little Falls

October 24 - November 7, 2018
9:30am-3:00pm
Little Falls, NY

Who Should Attend?

The Calving and Neonatal Calf Care Training is an educational program for farmers, employees and agri-service people who work directly with dairy cows and calves. It will cover the physiology of calving, best practices for calving interventions, and calf care immediately after delivery and in the crucial days afterward. 

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Blueprint for Change ~ Navigating Dairy Decision Making ~ Morrisville

October 30, 2018
12:30pm-3pm
Morrisville, NY

No cost, courtesy of Chobani

Meeting will be held in 5 locations around Central NY

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Blueprint for Change ~ Navigating Dairy Decision Making ~ Oneonta

October 31, 2018
12:30pm-3pm
Oneonta, NY

No cost, courtesy of Chobani

Meeting will be held in 5 locations around Central NY

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