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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July 25 - July 27, 2019

Most Recent Forages Content

Biggest Bang for the Crop Buck

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

Last Modified: April 15, 2019

Here is my list of biggest bang for the buck ideas coming into the 2019 cropping season


Biostimulants: What are they and do they work?

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

Last Modified: April 15, 2019

In recent years, biostimulants have sparked an interest with many crop producers. With these products getting more attention, we find there is much to debate on their effectiveness. Before we discuss whether Extension recommends them, let's talk about the different types and what they actually do.


Feeding High Forage Diets Successfully

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: April 15, 2019

You have probably read or heard of people feeding high forage diets to their dairy herds, but how feasible or practical is it? The feasibility comes in when we are able to also have good productivity. Anybody can feed a high forage diet, but if milk output suffers to any great degree, the benefits will almost always be lost to the economic value of the lost production, even with current milk prices.  






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Upcoming Events

Ins and Outs of the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program~Ballston Spa

June 10, 2019
7-8:30 pm
Ballston Spa, NY

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Ins and Outs of the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program~Cooperstown

June 11, 2019
7-8:30 pm
Cooperstown, NY

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Ins and Outs of the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program~Fonda

June 12, 2019
7-8:30 pm
Fonda, NY

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Announcements

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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