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Ag Focus is a joint newsletter of the NWNY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team and PRO-DAIRY. It provides readers with information on upcoming meetings, pesticide updates, pest management strategies, cultural practices, marketing ideas and research results from Cornell and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Ag Focus is produced monthly January - December.

To simplify information, brand names of products may be used in this publication. No endorsement is intended, nor is criticism implied of similar products not named.

Every effort has been made to provide correct, complete and up-to-date pesticide recommendations. Changes occur constantly and human errors are still possible. These recommendations are not a substitute for pesticide labeling. Please read the label before applying pesticides.

By law and purpose, Cooperative Extension is dedicated to serving the people on a non-discriminatory basis.

All NWNY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Program enrollees receive 12 issues of Ag Focus via email included with their enrollment. For more information, contact Cathy Wallace.

If you are enrolled in the NWNY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team, log in (black panel at top of screen) to view current issues of Ag Focus newsletter.

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Archived Ag Focus Newsletters

November 1, 2016 (PDF; 2475KB)

October 3, 2016 (PDF; 3720KB)

September 2, 2016 (PDF; 9813KB)

August 1, 2016 (PDF; 2348KB)

July 1, 2016 (PDF; 3080KB)

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April 1, 2016 (PDF; 2981KB)

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February 2, 2016 (PDF; 3719KB)

January 4, 2016 (PDF; 4611KB)

December 1, 2015 (PDF; 3153KB)

November 2, 2015 (PDF; 3029KB)

October 1, 2015 (PDF; 2446KB)

September 2, 2015 (PDF; 2745KB)

August 1, 2015 (PDF; 2823KB)

July 1, 2015 (PDF; 2715KB)

June 2, 2015 (PDF; 3021KB)

May 1, 2015 (PDF; 3574KB)

April 1, 2015 (PDF; 2278KB)

March 2, 2015 (PDF; 4932KB)

February 3, 2015 (PDF; 4685KB)

January 6, 2015 (PDF; 4137KB)

December 1, 2014 (PDF; 3594KB)

November 3, 2014 (PDF; 1619KB)

October 1, 2014 (PDF; 2596KB)

September 4, 2014 (PDF; 4031KB)

August 1, 2014 (PDF; 4188KB)

July 1, 2014 (PDF; 8527KB)

June 2, 2014 (PDF; 3315KB)

May 1, 2014 (PDF; 2711KB)

April 1, 2014 (PDF; 2498KB)

March 3, 2014 (PDF; 3300KB)

February 3, 2014 (PDF; 3233KB)

January 7, 2014 (PDF; 2098KB)

December 2, 2013 (PDF; 3186KB)

November 1, 2013 (PDF; 2855KB)

October 1, 2013 (PDF; 1360KB)

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June 3, 2013 (PDF; 1931KB)

May 1, 2013 (PDF; 6980KB)

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January 2, 2013 (PDF; 6497KB)

December 3, 2012 (PDF; 7594KB)

November 1, 2012 (PDF; 7560KB)

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September 3, 2012 (PDF; 8232KB)

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June 1, 2012 (PDF; 6437KB)

May 1, 2012 (PDF; 5220KB)

April 2, 2012 (PDF; 3055KB)

March 1, 2012 (PDF; 2565KB)

February 1, 2012 (PDF; 4708KB)

January 2, 2012 (PDF; 2358KB)

December 1, 2011 (PDF; 2540KB)

November 1, 2011 (PDF; 1395KB)

October 3, 2011 (PDF; 1733KB)

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August 1, 2011 (PDF; 7087KB)

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June 1, 2011 (PDF; 6429KB)

May 2, 2011 (PDF; 8108KB)

April 1, 2011 (PDF; 2774KB)

March 1, 2011 (PDF; 835KB)

February 1, 2011 (PDF; 1226KB)

January 3, 2011 (PDF; 949KB)


Archived Crop Alerts

May 17, 2017 (PDF; 1062KB)

Winter Tritcale, Wide Swath Harvest, 1st Cutting Forage

May 5, 2017 (PDF; 1179KB)

Alfalfa Weevil Larva, Leaf Spot, Spring Wheat Disease

March 30, 2017 (PDF; 406KB)

Manure storage optio

October 17, 2016 (PDF; 795KB)

Marestail Control, Weed Control Wheat, Alfalfa Stand Assess

September 9, 2016 (PDF; 812KB)

Corn Silage Harvest, Forage Inventory, Harvest Management

July 28, 2016 (PDF; 877KB)

Corn Rootworm (CRW), Pea Aphids, Flea Beetle

July 13, 2016 (PDF; 957KB)

Potassium Deficienci, Spider Mite Injury, Grasshoppers

June 29, 2016 (PDF; 1114KB)

Japanese Beetles, 2-Spotted Spider Mit, Armyworms

June 15, 2016 (PDF; 1017KB)

Cereal Leaf Beetle, Armyworms in Corn, Cutworm in Corn

June 14, 2016 (PDF; 0KB)

June 3, 2016 (PDF; 893KB)

Winter Wheat Pollina, Stripe Rust, Alfalfa Weevil Feedi

May 20, 2016 (PDF; 774KB)

Wheat/Barley Update, Hay Harvest, Alfalfa Weevil

May 6, 2016 (PDF; 720KB)

Soybeans, Wheat, Triticale Forage

March 23, 2016 (PDF; 1329KB)

Wheat, Precision Ag Day

September 18, 2015 (PDF; 984KB)

Winter Wheat, Stalk Rots in Corn, Weed Problems

September 4, 2015 (PDF; 1161KB)

Corn Silage, Silo Safety, Cover Crops

August 27, 2015 (PDF; 2193KB)

Soil Health

August 21, 2015 (PDF; 2030KB)

Spider Mites, Soybean Aphids, Soybean Diseases

August 14, 2015 (PDF; 133KB)

Soft Red Winter, Soft White Winter, Winter Malting Barle

August 7, 2015 (PDF; 1177KB)

Small Grain Update, Weed Control, Cover Crops

July 29, 2015 (PDF; 1677KB)

Grain Corn, Soybean Yield Contes

July 24, 2015 (PDF; 1461KB)

Wheat Update, Soybean Nodulation, Corn Diseases

July 10, 2015 (PDF; 1449KB)

Wheat/Malting Barley, Soybean Update, White Mold Mushrooms

June 26, 2015 (PDF; 1048KB)

Vomitoxin, Grasshoppers, Wheat Harvest Aid

June 11, 2015 (PDF; 715KB)

Soybean Aphids, Fusarium Head Scab, Potato Leafhoppers

June 5, 2015 (PDF; 719KB)

Slugs, Millipedes, Wheat is Flowering

May 29, 2015 (PDF; 1501KB)

Winter Wheat, Barley, Frost Damage, Black Cutworm

May 22, 2015 (PDF; 1034KB)

Wheat Rust, Cereal Leaf Beetle, Black Cutworm

May 15, 2015 (PDF; 472KB)

Triticale Forage, Wheat Update, Alfalfa Update

April 30, 2015 (PDF; 414KB)

Wheat Weeds, Cutworm & Armyworm, Nitrogen Grass

March 27, 2015 (PDF; 472KB)

Nitrogen Wheat, Cover Crops Control, Manure Advisory

March 18, 2015 (PDF; 418KB)

Wheat Alfalfa, Early Nitrogen, Frost Seeding

September 19, 2014 (PDF; 478KB)

Corn Silage Harvest, Soybean Harvest Aids, Winter Wheat Barley

August 21, 2014 (PDF; 439KB)

Immature Corn, Wheat Variety Plant, Soybean Aphids Mold

August 8, 2014 (PDF; 439KB)

Corn Diseases, Cover Crops Alfalfa, Drones

July 30, 2014 (PDF; 666KB)

Corn Soybeans Aphids, Fungicide White Mold, Yield Contest

July 9, 2014 (PDF; 535KB)

Harvest Wheat Oats, Late Corn Nitrogen, Soybeans Cover Crops

June 20, 2014 (PDF; 502KB)

Corn Nitrogen Weeds, Soybeans Buckwheat, Barley Fungicides

May 31, 2014 (PDF; 579KB)

Slugs Corn Soybeans, Wheat Barley FHB DON, Planters & Tillage

May 23, 2014 (PDF; 496KB)

Triticale Haylage, Cereal Leaf Beetle, Alfalfa Weevils

May 16, 2014 (PDF; 464KB)

Triticale Harvest, Haylage Corn Safety, Fungicide Resistance

May 8, 2014 (PDF; 487KB)

Wheat Nitrogen, Powdery Mildew, Barley Winterkill

April 25, 2014 (PDF; 424KB)

Weeds in Wheat, Planting Fertility, First Forage Harvest

April 17, 2014 (PDF; 427KB)

Tiller Counts Wheat, Delayed Planting, Potassium Oat Barley

April 12, 2014 (PDF; 408KB)

Wheat Nitrogen, Triticale Nitrogen, Custom Rates

April 5, 2014 (PDF; 485KB)

Burndown Herbicide, Wet Soil, Small Grains Haylage

March 26, 2014 (PDF; 420KB)

Small Grain Nitrogen, Frost Seeding

March 7, 2014 (PDF; 452KB)

Winter Injury, Bt Table, Small Grain Nitrogen

October 11, 2013 (PDF; 511KB)

Gypsum Manure Fumes, Oct Plant Sm Grains, Silage Harvest



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1st Cutting Forage Quality Update

We are into the third week of monitoring 1st cutting for quality this year. Our procedure consists of using 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.

Height indicators alfalfa and grass for NDF content are below:

In general we say 100% grass stands should be cut when nearby alfalfa is 14 inches tall to achieve the desired 50% NDF.

Begin cutting 50/50 mixed alfalfa and grass stands when nearby alfalfa is 22 inches tall for the desired 44% NDF.

Begin cutting 100% alfalfa stands when alfalfa is 28 inches tall for desired 40% NDF.
  
Predicted days to cut are based on daily NDF increases for grasses of 1% point, 50/50 mixed stands of 0.8% points and alfalfa of 0.5% point. NDF usually increases about 0.8 to 1.2/day for grasses expecting the lower end of that range in cooler weather and the higher end in warmer. Alfalfa NDF increases about 0.4 to 0.7/ day again depending on temperatures. Predictions are adjusted for the coming week’s weather and right now assuming normal growth.

In the attached spreadsheet locations around the region are listed where we have measured alfalfa height. You can use the location and elevation as a guide to conditions that may be similar to your farm.

The 2017 hay crop is ahead of 2016 first cutting. For 2017 on May 17, 2017 the alfalfa averaged 20 inches tall and only 2% of the fields were 18 inches or less. Triticale and grass fields should be knocked down at this point otherwise you will be losing quality. It is important that you get first cutting off in a timely manner, so if it comes down to making a choice between planting corn or getting first cutting, opt for the first cutting. The warmer summer weather may help the corn but you can’t get first cutting quality back and you may lose the advantage of adequate soil moisture to gain a quality second harvest.

Mixed stand harvest should start by the weekend with pure alfalfa stands (28 inches for desired 40% NDF) to follow a week later.

Click here for spreadsheet



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