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Nutrient management is essential to soil health and we’ve contacted the experts to guide you – read their tips for raising a successful forage crop.

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Producers can find value in evaluating fertilizer input costs and comparing traditional nitrogen sources like urea and ammonium nitrate with popular nontraditional sources such as poultry litter, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.

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Soil makes up the essence of your farm. You are investing your time and money – you own it, you rent it, you operate it – so how do you best manage it for returned profit?

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High-yielding, quality alfalfa and corn silage place a high demand for potassium on soil’s nutrient- supplying power. To maximize animal performance and profitability, it’s important to look and keep a close eye on the potassium (K) level in your forage fields.

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There is an opportunity to use cover crops in the winter to fill forage gaps while warm-season perennial grasses are dormant.

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This fall, any fall for that matter, is a great time to take soil samples, come up with a liming and fertilization plan based on soil analysis, and apply the recommended amendments and nutrients to establish a new field or keep an older stand functioning well.

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The importance of rotating old alfalfa stands is well established. As the alfalfa stand ages, forage yield and quality decline, while pressure from weeds, insects and diseases increases.

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