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The NWNY Team Specialists work together with Cornell faculty and extension educators statewide to address the issues that impact the dairy, livestock and field crops industry. Our Specialists have varying areas of expertise but work as a team to provide educational programs and information to commercial producers and agri-business professionals in our regions.




Mike Stanyard

Mike Stanyard

Team Leader, Field Crops

Areas of Interest: Crop Production & Storage, Insect, Disease & Weed Management.

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Jodi Letham

Jodi Letham

Field Crops

Areas of Interest: Forage Management, Nutrient Management and Soil Health & Fertitity

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Jerry Bertoldo

Jerry Bertoldo

Dairy

Areas of Interest: Calf Care, Forage Management, Dairy Skills Training Programs and Animal Health

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Libby Eiholzer

Libby Eiholzer

Bilingual Dairy

Areas of Interest: Employee Management, On-farm Training and Meeting Facilitation, Document Translation

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John Hanchar

John Hanchar

Farm Business Management

Areas of Interest: Economic Analysis, Farm Financial Management Education, Family Business Transition

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Joan Sinclair Petzen

Joan Sinclair Petzen

Farm Business Management

Areas of Interest: Financial Analysis, Taxes, Business Succession Planning, Managing & Motivating Employees

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Nancy Glazier

Nancy Glazier

Small Farms

Areas of Interest: Grazing, Production, Management, and Marketing to Enhance the Viability of Family Farms

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Cathy Wallace

Cathy Wallace

Administrative Assistant

Areas of Interest: Monthly Newsletter, Conference Coordination & Registration, Administrative Support

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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.

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