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Jerome Cherney

Jerome H. Cherney


503 Bradfield Hall
(607) 255-0945

Jerome H. Cherney was born and raised on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin, receiving a B.S. degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin. After a three year tour as a North Vietnamese linguist for the U.S. Army Security Agency, he received a M.S. degree in agronomy from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in agronomy from the University of Minnesota. After directing a multi-college grass tetany program at Louisiana State University as a post-doctoral Fellow, he accepted a faculty position at Purdue University in forage crop research and teaching. A primary focus of his forage program at Purdue was the evaluation of herbaceous biomass crops. He became the New York State forage specialist in 1990, focusing on perennial grass management and quality, and on the feasibility of grass combustion as an alternative energy source. He was appointed E.V. Baker Professor of Agriculture in 1997.

Research Focus

The primary element of my research program is applied research in forage quality, management, and utilization to identify ways to profitably manage forage crops, taking all appropriate environmental concerns into consideration. My primary area in extension is forage crops, specifically to develop a program that will help to improve the profitability of New York State forage/livestock operations, while at the same time minimizing any negative effects of forage crops on the environment. Grass biomass is also being evaluated. Grass bioenergy would help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, maintain open spaces, expand nutrient management options, enhance local energy security, reduce pesticide use, encourage species diversity, provide wildlife nesting options, and encourage rural development.

Outreach and Extension Focus

Environmental concerns and interest in sustainable agriculture are trends that will grow even stronger in the future, and forage crop production is one of the best means for responsible stewardship of our land resources. My forage extension program aims to improve the profitability of New York State forage/livestock operations, while at the same time minimizing any negative effects of forage crops on the environment. High forage quality is becoming even more critical to the profitability of livestock operations, and the sustainable, economic addition of bioenergy crops to livestock farms also is being evaluated.

Teaching Focus

Dr. Cherney does not have a teaching appointment but has delivered lectures in several classes in the Soil & Crop Sciences Section and the Departments of Animal Science and Biological and Environmental Engineering.

Awards and Honors

  • Agronomic Extension Education Award (2012) American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Extension Education Award (2008) Crop Science Society of America
  • Research Award (2003) Northeast American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America
  • Fellow (1997) American Society of Agronomy
  • Fellow (1997) Crop Science Society of America

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Presentations and Activities

  • Agronomic Performance of Maize and Soybean as Entry Crops in Organic and Conventional Cropping Systems during the first Transition Year. 14th European Society of Agronomy Congress. September 2016. European Society of Agronomy. Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Maize-Soybean-Wheat/Red Clover Rotation under Conventional and Organic Cropping Systems during the 3-year Transition Period. 7th International Crop Science Congress. August 2016. International Crop Science Society. Beijing, China.
  • Untapped Potential: Bioenergy Production on Marginal Lands of NY and the Northeast. Northeast Region Certified Crop Advisor Annual Training Meeting. December 2015. NRCCA/ASA/NYS. Syracuse, NY.
  • Forage crop systems: challenges, opportunities, and technology transfer. Annual Australian Agronomy Conference. September 2015. Australian Society of Agronomy. Hobart, Tasmania, AU.
  • Does soybean require insecticide.fungicide seed treatments. Canadian Society of Agronomy Meetings. July 2015. Plant Canada. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Detecting genetic associations with phenology in switchgrass using exome-capture. W567. Plant and Animal Genome XXIII Conference. January 2015. San Diego, CA.
  • Modern Corn Hybrids Did Not Respond to Higher than Recommended Seeding and N Rates in Studies in the Northeast USA. 13th European Society of Agronomy Congress. August 2014. European Society of Agronomy. Debrecen, Hungary.
  • Second generation bioenergy production on marginal lands of NY & the Northeast. 2014 Northeast Biomass Heating Expo. April 2014. Portland, Maine.