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NY Hybrid Corn Grain Performance Trials 2012 - 2010

Mike Stanyard, Team Leader, Field Crops
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

Last Modified: May 6, 2013
NY Hybrid Corn Grain Performance Trials 2012 - 2010

Persons interested in the grain yield performance of corn hybrids in New York

This report includes a summary of our 2012 commercial hybrid corn grain trials. It shows results from nine locations in New York, divided into the following three maturity ranges:

Base 50 Growing Degree Days Relative Maturity

Early 1400-1900 GDD 70-90 Days
Medium Early 1900-2500 GDD 85-105 Days
Medium 2300-2700 GDD 100-115 Days

This report is designed to aid seed company representatives, corn growers, and extension educators in evaluating hybrids for yield capacity, stalk and root strength, and maturity in various regions in New York. It also provides information for developing ratings for the Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management. While many hybrids included in this report are widely grown, others are new or experimental hybrids. In considering these tables, remember that this data represents only one year. Test results should be considered over several years before final conclusions are valid. Results gathered over several locations are a better guide than results at any one location.

We welcome comments or suggestions for improving this report for your use.

For information on entering hybrids in the 2013 trials, please contact Judy Singer at or 607-255-5461 or Margaret Smith.

2012 Growing Conditions

The 2012 growing season in New York began with slightly dry conditions in the eastern and southern portions of the state, but then proceeded fairly normally until mid-July. Starting at that point, drought began to affect most areas of the state, with abnormally to moderately dry conditions prevailing right through September, particularly in the mid-latitudes of the state. Despite many dry areas, our trial locations fared relatively well in terms of rainfall, with occasional showers helping to get the crop through flowering and grain fill without much apparent effect on yield. Growing degree day accumulation was above normal for most locations throughout the growing season, with more seasonable heat units in June and September in many areas. State average yield was reported at 134 bu/acre, almost identical to reported New York averages for 2011 and 2009, but 16 bu/acre lower than the record 2010 state average. Northern leaf blight was prevalent in central and southern tier areas, and found in lesser amounts in most of our field locations. Gray leaf spot was prevalent in misty valley areas of the southern tier and Hudson Valley, and was found at low levels in central New York locations. A number of other leaf diseases were present at our trial locations, but at levels that likely did not affect yield. These included anthracnose leaf blight, eyespot, rust, and possibly Stewart's wilt. Consistent with recent years, very little European corn borer pressure was apparent.

Additional 2011/2010 reports are below

2012 New York Hybrid Corn Grain Performance Trials (pdf; 924KB)











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USDA Announces New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2019 ? Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today the availability of a new web-based tool - developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin - to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

The 2018 Farm Bill authorized
DMC, a voluntary risk management program that offers financial protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. It replaces the program previously known as the Margin Protection Program for Dairy. Sign up for this USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) program opens on June 17.

"With sign-up for the
DMC program just weeks away, we encourage producers to use this new support tool to help make decisions on participation in the program," Secretary Perdue said. "Dairy producers have faced tough challenges over the years, but the DMC program should help producers better weather the ups and downs in the industry."

The University of Wisconsin launched the decision support tool in cooperation with FSA and funded through a cooperative agreement with the USDA Office of the Chief Economist. The tool was designed to help producers determine the level of coverage under a variety of conditions that will provide them with the strongest financial safety net. It allows farmers to simplify their coverage level selection by combining operation data and other key variables to calculate coverage needs based on price projections.

The decision tool assists producers with calculating total premiums costs and administrative fees associated with participation in
DMC. It also forecasts payments that will be made during the coverage year.

The new Dairy Margin Coverage program offers very appealing options for all dairy farmers to reduce their net income risk due to volatility in milk or feed prices," said Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin, Madison. "Higher coverage levels, monthly payments, and more flexible production coverage options are especially helpful for the sizable majority of farms who can cover much of their milk production with the new five million pound maximum for Tier 1 premiums. This program deserves the careful consideration of all dairy farmers."

For more information, access the tool at For
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