November 23, 2010
Contact: Bill Cox, Cornell University, 607-255-1758
Northern NY Corn Variety Trial Data May Help Farmers Up Yields,
Northern New York - Higher yield per acre equals cost savings for dairy
Preliminary data from 2010 Northern NY corn variety trials funded by
the Northern NY Agricultural Development Program is now online at
www.nnyagdev.org to help regional farmers select the highest yield,
highest quality corn hybrids for their farm business.
“Optimizing your corn planting to grow the maximum number of stalks and
ears produces strong economic yield and attention to forage quality
impacts the value of the crop as a feed for dairy cows,” says Cornell
University Crop and Soil Sciences Professor Dr. Bill Cox, who conducted
and analyzed the silage trial results in collaboration with E.V. Baker
Professor of Agriculture Dr. Jerry Cherney.
Cox says the trials in Sackets Harbor at Robbins Farms and in Madrid at
Greenwood Dairy were harvested on the same day with 39 varieties
evaluated at each farm site. The varieties include some grown 85-90
days, some grown 91-95 days, and some grown 96-100 days.
According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, corn is grown for
harvesting as silage on 88,470 acres in Northern New York.
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