The Manager is a 16-page insert published in Progressive Dairy three times a year. Through a useful combination of research updates, on-farm practices, economic analysis, how-to’s and action steps on every aspect of managing a dairy business, PRO-DAIRY uses The Manager to strengthen New York’s dairy industry and as a key method for PRO-DAIRY staff to share their expertise statewide.
Circulation of Progressive Dairyman, including The Manager insert is more than 9,000 farms in the eastern United States and an additional 3,200 farms in New York and Vermont. Issues of The Manager are downloaded from the PRO-DAIRY website, on average 50,000 times each year.
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May 29, 2020
Thinking about topdressing alfalfa? Some things you should know: 2020 may be a good year to economize
With hay now being harvested, farmers are turning to topdress decisions. Looking back at research conducted at the Cornell Musgrave Research Farm, alfalfa growing on silt loam soils with regular manure application during corn years prior to alfalfa seeding did not respond to topdress potassium
Apr 24, 2020
New York state will utilize $30M of federal CARES act assistance to help with child care expenses for essential workers. Farm employees and food processors are considered essential workers.
Apr 16, 2020
Significant quantities of surplus milk from New York's dairy industry may have to be land applied in the coming weeks due to unprecedented market disruptions created by the COVID-19 emergency. Milk has fertilizer value and crop farms may be able to take advantage of surplus milk for a portion of crop fertilization needs, especially if located near one or more dairies.
Apr 10, 2020
Guidance from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Apr 7, 2020
By Jason Karszes, Lauren Hill and Wayne Knoblauch, Cornell Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis Program
This is the third progress report summarizing selected financial and production factors with data from 135 New York farms who participated in the 2019 Dairy Farm Business Summary. The report presents averages from all farms, and from four different sub-groups based on herd size: Less than 450 cows, 450 to 899 cows, 900 to 1,399 cows and greater than 400 cows.
Mar 31, 2020
While we hope that milk demand remains strong, should the situation change resulting in a surplus, farmers and handlers should make sure surplus milk is managed appropriately.
- PD-2020-09-01. Factors Associated with Variations in Earnings Comparison of Selected Measures and Costs by Quartile of Earnings 155 Dairy Farms, New York State - Jason Karszes 2019.
- PD-2020-08-04. Fact Sheet 4: Industry snapshot - Joe Lawrence and Allison Kerwin.
- PD-2020-08-03. Fact Sheet 3: Impacts of fermentation - Joe Lawrence and Allison Kerwin.
- PD-2020-08-02. Fact Sheet 2. Effect of corn plant characteristics on corn silage processing scores - Joe Lawrence and Allison Kerwin.
- PD-2020-08-01. Fact Sheet 1: Corn silage kernel processing. Joe Lawrence and Allison Kerwin.
- PD-2020-05-02. Thinking about topdressing alfalfa? Some things you should know: 2020 may be a good year to economize. Karl Czymmek, Joe Lawrence and Quirine Ketterings.
- PD-2020-05-01. Disruption to Key Management Personnel on the Farm. Developing Contingency Plans. Jason Karszes and Richard Stup.
- PD-2019-05-01. Using the Optical Refractometer to Manage Calf Health. Robert A. Lynch, DVM.
- PD-2019-50-02. Using the Digital Refractometer to Manage Calf Health. Robert A. Lynch, DVM.
- PD-2019-06-01. Late planted corn for silage and GDD accumulation. Joe Lawrence.
- PD-2019-06-02. Late Spring: Forage considerations beyond corn. Joe Lawrence.