Corn Grain Variety Trial results now on-line

CHAZY - North Country farmers interested in planting corn to harvest for grain or ethanol production in 2009 will find data on 49 varieties tested under Northern New York growing conditions.

The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program funded the corn trials conducted by Cornell researchers at various locations, including W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute.

According to lead researcher Dr. Margaret E. Smith, with Cornell University's Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, the data in the hybrid production tables show a number of hybrids that had "excellent performance" in Northern New York in 2008.

"Hybrid choices, however, should always be made based on comprehensive data that includes multi-year and/or multi-location data," said Smith, "so the results of Northern New York corn grain trials since 2004 are also on the Northern New York Agricultural Development program Web site."

The results of the trial are available on-line at www.nnyagdev.org or by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence counties.

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