Strategies for Better Management of Pasture Fertilization
Increasing fertilizer prices and the need for strategies that will maintain productivity are major issues for livestock producers throughout the state. Fertilizing pastures is different from fertilizing hay because most of the nutrients are recycled in a pasture system. Pasture fertilization should be controlled based on the producer’s goals. A fertility program should address the following questions:
- How much forage is needed for the animals?
- What time of year is the forage needed most?
- What species are present?
- What are my management strategies?
Answering these questions will allow a producer to increase fertilizer efficiency and reduce costs.
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