when is the best time to fertilize your pasture

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Early spring

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  • Should I fertilize my pastures in the spring?

  • It’s counter-productive to what you most want out of your pastures — a lush mix of grasses and legumes that will provide good grazing during the cool and wet spring, as well as the hot and dry summer. Some farmers have the logic that you apply fertilizer to crops as they start the growing season, in the spring.

  • When is the best time of year to fertilize?

  • For cool season grass pastures, research shows that split applications of fertilizers generally maximize yields when N is applied in the late summer, early spring and occasionally in the late spring. Most grass pastures only require late summer applications because extra N in the spring often produces more growth than livestock can consume.

  • When is the best time to fertilize fescue?

  • Then, Kallenbach said, I’d put the fertilizer on in the fall — maybe starting in mid-August or sometime after that. If you get some fall rains, it will give your fescue a nice boost and help stretch your pastures farther, he said. Fall fertilizer doesn’t seem to hurt clover (or other legumes) stands as much.

  • When is the best time of year to fertilize Clover?

  • It responds well to nitrogen fertilizer, but if you put the fertilizer on in the spring, you encourage additional lush fescue growth at a time that it is already growing rapidly anyway. And that growth crowds out clover or other legumes. Rather, Kallenbach suggested that you use the spring as a good time to interseed or frost seed more clover.

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