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NY Forage Legume And Grass Variety Yield Trials Summary 2012 - 2010

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

May 6, 2013
NY Forage Legume And Grass Variety Yield Trials Summary 2012 - 2010

Forage yield trials are planted and harvested annually at the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station in Ithaca and at three other locations in New York State. Funding for these trials is provided by the companies that submit the varieties/ cultivars in the trials, from Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and from Northern New York Agricultural Development Program. Trials of perennial forages are managed for four years; seeding year and three production years.

Alfalfa yields for 2012 averaged 5.0 tons per acre dry matter (0.4 tons less than in 2011), red clover yields averaged 2.8 tons per acre dry matter (0.5 tons per acre less than in 2011), and perennial forage grass yields averaged 4.8 tons per acre dry matter (0.8 tons per acre less than in 2011).

Cultivar/Variety Selection
Plant breeders continue to develop new and improved cultivars. Cultivars are continually released and were selected for improved agronomic characteristics such as yield, disease and insect resistance, forage quality, etc. Seed cost of improved cultivars can be higher than for other cultivars, but this cost is generally offset when there is improved performance at each harvest over the life of the stand.

In each New York trial, there is a group of top yielding cultivars. Cultivar performance should be critically evaluated by comparing yield with other cultivars in two or more trials that are in the second or later year of production.

2012 Forage Summary Report (pdf; 250KB)











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Upcoming Events

Weed Resistance Management Demonstration and Plot Tour

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 23, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Waterloo, NY

Come join us on July 23 in Seneca County at Quinten Good's farm for a demonstration and walking tour of 16 different pre- and post-emergence treatments in soybean and 12 different treatments and combinations in corn.
  • Tall waterhemp and marestail are two weeds that are resistant to glyphosate and ALS herbicide modes of action in the WNY and Finger Lakes regions.
  • Each year the number of acres with resistant weed populations expands.
  • For herbicides to be an effective tool in weed management, we have to know what chemistries & application timings are most effective against these resistant weeds.

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Income and Real Property Tax Primer-A Learning Circle for Women Non-Operating Land Owners of Ag Land

July 24, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Portageville, NY

For many of us taxes can be a mystery, let's have a conversation with the experts about the tax considerations agricultural landowners need to think about. 
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Pasture Walk with the Finger Lakes Graziers-Cancelled!

July 29, 2019
12:45 - 4 pm

The Finger Lakes Graziers pasture walk has been cancelled due to some scheduling conflicts. 
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RMA Announces Additional One-time Changes to Prevented Planting Provisions

June 29, 2019

RMA Announces Additional One-time Changes to Prevented Planting Provisions
for 2019 Crop Year

In response to delayed and prevented planting resulting from above average rainfall and wetness, the USDA Risk Management Agency has made a one-time change to the 2019 crop year prevented planting rules that effectively allows silage corn, if planted as a cover crop following local agricultural expert guidelines, to be acceptable as a post-prevented planting cover crop. Under this one-time rule change, producers are allowed to produce this crop while retaining their prevented planting payment. This change couples with previously announced one-time changes to the prevented planting rules - including expanded acceptable uses for post-prevented planting cover crops and a change in the cover crop haying and grazing start date rule - serve to help those struggling to meet their forage needs due to the weather.

Read the full article from the New York Crop Insurance Education Program.

The USDA-RMA states that "For crop insurance purposes, a cover crop is a crop generally recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement." PRO-DAIRY specialists Joe Lawrence and Karl Czymmek and Dr. Quirine Ketterings, Professor and Director of Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program have released a letter stating "Corn on Prevented Planting acres meets these objectives."

New Guidance for Mortality Disposal Issued

NYS Department of Ag and Markets has posted guidelines on disposal of livestock carcasses, in response to reports that some rendering companies have halted pickups from farms.|1