Forages

ForagesForages grow well on Central NY soils to provide the quantity and quality of feed needed for the dairy and livestock industry. Over 243,000 acres of hay, haylage, and baleage are grown each year along with 56,000 acres of corn silage.

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Past Relevant Events

Hay, Balage, and Forage Quality School-Day 1 Presentations

March 4 - March 13, 2014

Mt. Upton, Hudson and Ballston Spa, NY

Hay, Balage, and Forage Quality School-Day 2 Presentations Part 1

March 4 - March 13, 2014

Mt. Upton, Hudson and Ballston Spa, NY

Hay, Balage, and Forage Quality School-Day 2 Presentations Part 2

March 4 - March 13, 2014

Mt. Upton, Hudson and Ballston Spa, NY

Most Recent Forages Content

5-26-2015 1st cutting update

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

Last Modified: May 27, 2015

This is the third and last monitoring report for 1st cutting quality for 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.

5-19-2015 1st cutting update

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

Last Modified: May 22, 2015

This is the second monitoring report for 1st cutting quality for 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.

5-12-2015 1st cutting update

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

Last Modified: May 14, 2015

We have begun monitoring of 1st cutting for quality this year.

Every year is certainly different and 2015 is no exception. We did a dry run last week feeling that the fields were behind enough not to justify reporting. It appears we may just gone through one of the biggest jumps in alfalfa growth since we have started this monitoring. Since last week we had some alfalfa fields grow 9-11 inches where typically large jumps in the past have been in the 7-8 inch range. The warm temperatures really pushed alfalfa growth. However grass growth was atypical due to the dry conditions and is short by 2-4 inches as we now see some heading out. This is a reminder that grass may be behind in growth (yield) but it isnít behind in maturity or fiber accumulation. So check your all grass or mostly grass fields there is a good chance they may need cut. Even mixed stands should be given some scrutiny!

As always use information in the attached table as a guide to know when to harvest by checking your fields! Next report May 19!






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2017 First Cutting Forage Quality Project

The CNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team has begun monitoring hay fields for our First Cutting Forage Quality Project. If you aren't familiar there is a very good correlation between alfalfa height and the level of Neutral Detergent Fiber in not only alfalfa but also grasses.

The team monitors fields throughout our region in May to give forage producers some idea of the optimal time to harvest that important 1st cutting. When to start varies as much as 2 weeks in our region depending where you are, elevation and soil type. Check out the Forage Quality section of our website for more information.


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