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dave2
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:14 pm    Post subject: When to fertilize??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Pastures get enough poo but need some nitrogen and a couple of fields I do hay need some help..... Guy at the feed store said in spring and I was planning for that, but saw a guy fertilizing today and asked... He said it didn't matter if you do it now or wait til spring and said it's best to do it now cause the spring is supposed to be wet.............

What do you folks do.... fall or spring??????????
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:23 pm    Post subject: Re: When to fertilize??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Phosphorus and Potassium in the fall when soil temp is low.
Nitrogen in spring.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:27 pm    Post subject: Re: When to fertilize??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That's the way we get it down here. These 2 help the systems you have in your field survive the winter. Problem with fert. late and early around here is the fact that the weeds go nuts......but my cows eat weeds, the tender succulent morsels that the tree huggers classify as wild flowers.

I do it when I have the product, the money, and get the urge. I am a non-professional non-professional farmer.

Mark
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:34 pm    Post subject: Re: When to fertilize??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I do spring. I'll let the experts come along with their lectures later.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:23 pm    Post subject: Re: When to fertilize??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sid wrote:
(quoted from post at 16:34:17 10/06/12) I do spring. I'll let the experts come along with their lectures later.


I fertilize in the spring also, since most of my farmland is flood prone. If we do get a bunch of snow, all my N runs downstream.
The last 10 years, i have the Coop apply the dry fertilizer and impregnate the herbicide in it as well. I kill 2 birds with one stone that way.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:18 pm    Post subject: Re: When to fertilize??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dave 2., you forgot to post your tractor,its I day !
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:32 pm    Post subject: Re: When to fertilize??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I nitrogen and phosphorous on in the spring, saves a trip over the ground and does the job.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject: Re: When to fertilize??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I spread 200lbs fertilizer and 20lbs rye grass per acre around the
15th of this month. Then another 400lbs per acre fertilizer only in
March.

I'm just outside Houston TX

This is based on soil testing and recommendations from my
fertilizer guy.

It took several years but my pasture looks great and produces well.
Except during last years drought.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:20 pm    Post subject: Re: When to fertilize??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

old rule of thumb about fertilizer leaching was nitrogen goes in a run,potash in a walk and phosphorus in a crawl
 
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