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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1st Cutting Forage Quality Update ~ May 17, 2022

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 18, 2022

This is our third week of monitoring 1st cutting for quality in 2022. 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.


1st Cutting Forage Quality Update ~ May 10, 2022

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 11, 2022

This is second week of monitoring 1st cutting quality in 2022.


1st Cutting Forage Quality Update ~ May 3, 2022

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 5, 2022

This is our 1st forage quality update for the week of May 3, 2022.


Field Crop Update, September 30, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: September 30, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days, and Weather Outlook


Field Crop Update, September 24, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: September 24, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days and Weather Outlook


Field Crop Update, September 17, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: September 17, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days and Weather Outlook


Field Crop Update, September 9, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: September 10, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days and Weather Outlook


Field Crop Update, September 2, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: September 2, 2021
Field Crop Update, September 2, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days & Weather Outlook, and Pest Monitoring


Field Crop Update, August 26, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: August 27, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days & Weather Outlook, and Pest Monitoring


Field Crop Update, August 20, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: August 20, 2021

Field Observations with Chlorpyrifos Update, Growing Degree Days & Weather Outlook


Field Crop Update, August 6, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: August 6, 2021
Field Crop Update, August 6, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days & Weather Outlook, and Pest Monitoring


Field Crop Update July 30, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: July 30, 2021
Field Crop Update July 30, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days and Weather Outlook, and Pest Monitoring


Field Crop Update July 22, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: July 23, 2021
Field Crop Update July 22, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days and Weather Outlook, and Pest Monitoring


Field Crop Update July 9, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: July 9, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days & Weather Outlook, and Pest Monitoring for the week ending July 9, 2021


Field Crop Update July 2, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: July 6, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days, and Pest Monitoring for the week of July 2nd


Field Crop Update June 17, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: June 18, 2021
Field Crop Update June 17, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days, and Pest Monitoring


Field Crop Update June 11, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: June 11, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days and Pest Monitoring


Field Crop Update May 31-June 4, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: June 4, 2021

Field Observations, Growing Degree Days and Pest Monitoring


GDDs May 23, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 26, 2021

Growing Degree Days for May 23, 2021.


GDDs May 16, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 18, 2021

Growing Degree Days for May 16, 2021


GDDs May 9, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 12, 2021

Growing Degree Days for May 9, 2021


GDDs for May 2, 2021

Erik Smith, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 5, 2021

Growing Degree Days for May 2, 2021


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.  


Alfalfa Grass Mixes article, Dr. Jerry Cherney

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

Last Modified: March 4, 2019

Silage Management 101-The Basics, Dr. Limin Kung

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

Last Modified: March 4, 2019

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!


Potato Leafhopper Resistant Alfalfa Varieties Show Their Stuff

Last Modified: May 9, 2014

Keith Waldron, NYS Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator wrote this article for the Weekly Field Crops Pest Report 2012 July 12, 2012, Volume 11 Number 13.  See the attached PDF.

Straw Itch Mites

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

Last Modified: May 9, 2014

If you and your hay buyer have chests covered with small red welts after delivering a load of hay then the straw itch mite was looking for a meal.





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