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.
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.
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
- Casler, M. D., Brink, G. E., & Cherney, J. H. (2017). Registration of 'Azov' Meadow Fescue. Journal of Plant Registrations. 11:9-14.
- Cherney, J. H., & Small, E. (2016). Industrial Hemp in North America: Production, Politics and Potential. A Review. Agronomy. 6:58.
- Karayilanli, E., Cherney, J. H., Sirois, P., Kubinec, D., & Cherney, D. J. (2016). Prediction of botanical composition of alfalfa-grass mixtures using near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS): Developing a robust calibration. Crop Science. 56:3361-3366.
- Cherney, J. H., Ketterings, Q. M., & Cherney, D. J. (2016). Soil contamination of grass biomass hay: Measurements and implications. BioEnergy Research. 9:773-781.
- Casler, M. D., Cherney, J. H., Brummer, E. C., & Dien, B. S. (2015). Designing selection criteria for use of reed canarygrass as a bioenergy feedstock. Crop Science. 55:2130-2137.
- Cox, W. J., Cherney, J. H., & , (2015). Field-Scale Studies Show Site-Specific Corn Population and Yield Responses to Seeding Depths. Agronomy Journal. 107:2475-2481.
- Ramstein, G. P., Lipka, A. E., Lu, F., Costich, D. E., Cherney, J. H., Buckler, E. S., & Casler, M. D. (2015). Genome-wide association analysis based on multiple imputation with low-depth BBS data: application to biofuel traits in reed canarygrass. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 5:891-909.
- Casler, M. D., Brink, G. E., Cherney, J. H., van Santen, E., Humphreys, M. W., Yamada, T., Tamura, K., Ellison, N. W., & Opitz, C. (2015). Registration of "Hidden Valley" meadow fescue. Journal of Plant Registrations. 9:294-298.
- Stoof, C. R., Richards, B. K., Woodbury, P. B., Fabio, E. S., Brumbach, A. R., Cherney, J. H., Das, S., Geohring, L., Hansen, J., Hornesky, J., Mayton, H., Mason, C., Ruestow, G., Smart, L. B., Volk, T. A., & Steenhuis, T. S. (2015). Untapped Potential: Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Bioenergy Production from Marginal Lands in Northeast USA. Bioenergy Research. 8:482-501.
- Lipka, A. E., Cherney, J. H., Buckler, E. S., Casler, M. D., & Costich, D. E. (2014). Accelerating the switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) breeding cycle using genomic selection approaches. PLOS Genetics. 9.
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.