A wealth of data is available to farmers in the north country as a resource to plan their crops for 2013 at the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program website, www.nnyagdev.org.
Titled the New York Forage, Legume and Grass Variety Yield Trials Summary for 2012, the report includes current data for more than 200 varieties of alfalfa, birdsfoot trefoil, red clover and perennial forage grasses (timothy, bromegrass, perennial rye grass and tall fescue). The study was conducted at several locations statewide by a team of researchers led by the Cornell University Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics.
Data from the study is being used by researchers to identify plant varieties that can be successfully grown on Northern New York soils, along with those that have the most tolerance to pests and weather conditions in the region. Several varieties of alfalfa, for example, were tested for resistance to the potato leaf hopper.