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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Upcoming Events

Beef Quality Assurance Training

July 30, 2018
6:00 pm
Oneonta, NY

Beef Quality Assurance "BQA" Training

When: Monday, July 30th, at 6:00pm
Where: Maidens Farm - 477 County Road 11, Oneonta NY 13820
Cost: $15 (beverages, pizza, dessert provided)
Registration: Deadline July 27, 2018

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Beef Producer Meeting

July 31, 2018
6:30 pm
Hubbardsville, NY

The CNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team is hosting a meeting for local beef producers.

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Announcements

Welcome Nicole Tommell~Farm Business Management Specialist

We welcome Nicole Tommell as the new agricultural business management specialist on the Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops team. Nicole will provide leadership for planning and developing programing that emphasizes business management and profitability. Thanks to the CCE associations in the region and Cornell for expanding our team's capacity to meet the educational needs of the ag industry in Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego, Saratoga and Schoharie Counties.

Nicole received her Bachelor of Technology degree from SUNY Cobleskill in Agricultural Business. She also holds a Masters in Agricultural Education from North Carolina State University. Before joining the team, Nicole was a Visiting Instructor at SUNY Cobleskill teaching courses ranging from agricultural business to animal science. She has also managed a diversified cattle operation she owns with her husband.

Her primary goal will be to provide business analysis, planning and development support for agricultural businesses in the region. Please welcome Nicole to the team.

You can reach Nicole at:
Phone: 315-867-6001
E-mail: nt375@cornell.edu

See her bio at: https://cnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/specialist.php?id=43


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