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Alfalfa-Meadow Fescue Mixtures - Something to Consider

Jul 22, 2016
Meadow fescue is grown extensively in Canada and Europe, but dropped out of use in the USA decades ago primarily due to reduced yield and disease susceptibility, compared to other grasses. Primarily grown for pasture use, meadow fescue has considerable potential in mixture with alfalfa. Alfalfa-grass mixtures are as high or higher yielding than pure alfalfa, and have been shown to be an excellent forage for lactating dairy cattle. Read more

Weather Outlook - July 21, 2016

Jul 21, 2016
The Drought Monitor: For the last 30 days, precipitation is below 25 percent of normal. Stream flows at all levels (1-, 7-, 14-, and 28-day) are reaching into the tenth percentiles. Moderate to Severe drought (D1-D2) was expanded to cover these high impact areas in western NY. New York issued the first statewide drought watch since 2002. Read more

Weather Outlook - July 14, 2016

Jul 15, 2016
From Jessica Spaccio, NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University: The Drought Monitor: Two new D2 areas (Severe Drought) were added in western New York and the Finger Lakes Region where the lowest indices and largest departures were found (90-day deficits of 4-6 inches). Read more

Weather Outlook - July 7, 2016

Jul 7, 2016
Last week temperatures were within 2 degrees of normal for most of the state, parts of southeastern NY were 2 to 6 degrees below normal. Precipitation ranged from a tenth to 1 inch for most areas with isolated areas getting over an inch. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 60 to 140. Read more

Weather Outlook - June 30, 2016

Jun 30, 2016
The Drought Monitor: Abnormally dry conditions have persisted and Moderate Drought conditions have been introduced. Many of the drought areas have reported less than 50 percent of normal rainfall over the past 90 days, and streamflows remained historically low (5th percentile or lower). Read more

Weather Outlook - June 23, 2016

Jun 24, 2016
Last week temperatures ranged from normal to 4 degrees above normal for most of the state. Precipitation ranged from less than ¼” to 1”, with isolated areas getting over 1”. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 70 to 150. Read more

Weather Outlook - June 16, 2016

Jun 16, 2016
Last week temperatures ranged from 2 to 6 degrees above normal for most areas. Precipitation ranged from ¼” to 3”.  Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 60 to 140. Read more

Weather Outlook - June 9, 2016

Jun 9, 2016
Last week temperatures ranged from 2 to 6 degrees above normal for most areas. Precipitation ranged from ¼” to 3”.  Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 60 to 140. Read more

Fusarium head blight and stripe rust commentary

Jun 6, 2016
Winter wheat in New York is either beginning to flower now or will do so over the next week. The triazole products Caramba and Prosaro are the most effective fungicides for suppression of FHB and DON contamination when applied at flowering (emergence of anthers on heads).  Read more

Weather Outlook - June 2, 2016

Jun 3, 2016
Last week was very warm with temperatures ranging from 8 to12 degrees above normal! Precipitation varied widely with some areas remaining dry with only a trace of rain, to others receiving over 1”; a few very isolated areas saw over 3” of rain. Read more

Weather Outlook – May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016
Last week temperatures ranged from 4 degrees below normal to 2 degrees above normal. Precipitation was less than an inch for the state, with most areas seeing less than ¼”.  Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 20 to 70. Read more

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