January 25, 2007
Contact: Jon Greenwood, Canton, 315-386-3231; Joe Giroux,
Plattsburgh, 518-563-7523; R. David Smith, Cornell University,
Click here for NNY field trial data
NNY Corn Hybrid Evaluation Data from 2006 Farm Trials Now Available
Dairy and beef producers need to make informed decisions about which
corn silage hybrids to plant. Selecting the right hybrid can add to a
farm�s bottom line. For example, researchers in Idaho found that high
quality corn silage produced $315 more beef per acre than low quality
silage. Across Northern New York (Essex, Clinton, Franklin, St.
Lawrence, Lewis & Jefferson counties), corn for silage is grown on
103,186 acres. How do farmers evaluate the many hybrids available to
them? They check the results of regional field trials funded by the
Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, and the data for the
best 19 of 42 corn hybrids grown in field trials on two NNY farms is now
Dr. William J. Cox and Dr. Jerry H. Cherney of Cornell University�s
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences have issued a table of the top 19
recommended corn silage hybrids, the best of 42 hybrids tested in field
trials in St. Lawrence County at Greenwood Farms near Canton and in
Clinton County at the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in
Chazy in 2006.
�A well-chosen corn silage hybrid, good management and proper
harvesting, storage and feeding add up to a crop that helps produce
desired milk and beef yields,� Cox says.
Field Crops Educator Peter Barney of Cornell Cooperative Extension of
St. Lawrence County says, �Hybrids that have been tested more than one
year should be given more weight because they have performed
above-average in more and likely different growing conditions. One year
may be dry, another wet. Multiple years of data provide a better
The data for the 2006 corn silage trials is posted as a new fact sheet.
Click here to download a PDF.
The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program
funds research and education outreach for Clinton, Essex, Franklin,
Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. The Program has been funded
with the long-term support of New York State Senators James W. Wright
and Elizabeth O�Connor Little. For more information, go online to
www.nnyagdev.org or contact
Program Co-Chairs Joe Giroux, Plattsburgh, 518-563-7523 or Jon
Greenwood, Canton, 315-386-3231, or Program Coordinator R. David Smith,
Cornell University, 607-255-7286.
Cox and Cherney also evaluated corn silage hybrids on farms in Cayuga
and Livingston counties. The results of those trials and the NNY trials
are printed in What�s Cropping Up, a publication of the Department of
Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University. A copy of the issue with
the additional hybrid trial data is viewable by