While New York is not among the top corn production states, many of its dairy cows rely on the grain for food. The state reported 5,150 licensed dairy herds in 2012, behind only Pennsylvania (7,140) and Wisconsin (11,490), USDA says. The following news release, issued by Cornell University, provides an update on the quality of the New York corn crop.
Margaret Smith, professor of plant breeding and genetics at Cornell University and leading corn researcher, has encouraging news regarding corn yields.
"As the corn crop in New York and throughout the country matures, estimates of this year's grain yields are getting more concrete. Temperatures in N.Y. and throughout the major growing areas of the U.S. Corn Belt were generally favorable this summer, with heat accumulation at or just slightly above long-term averages. Combine that with plenty of timely rains in many areas, and we could be seeing some really high grain yields.
"Around New York, fields that did not get planted before about May 20 were mostly too wet to get back into until early June. This later-planted corn did not deal well with the frequent rains that prevailed through much of June and July. So those fields don't look great.
"All that moist weather also favored northern leaf blight on corn, which hit some fields very heavily in late August. At this point, however, the later planted fields and the leaf blight damage don't appear to be enough acres to really dampen what should be a strong corn grain harvest year for New York."
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