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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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When it comes to dragging pastures, there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach; it either works for your operational goals or it doesn’t.

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Georgia hay producers Ricky Roper and Alan Verner are taking advantage of the benefits of applying poultry litter to their hayfields. According to University of Georgia researchers, poultry litter is commonly used on north Georgia pastures and hayfields.

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One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. A lot of people refer to the inevitable byproduct of poultry production as the black plague, but if one wants to build soil fertility on the cheap, poultry litter is black gold. The wise would say it has its advantages and its disadvantages, and one would do well to know about each.

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We’re farming in the Information Age. Just about any type of information we want is readily available, and that in itself can be challenging.

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Most commercial nitrogen fertilizers lower soil pH much more quickly than organic sources of nitrogen such as animal manure or nitrogen resulting from the symbiotic relationship between Rhizobium bacteria and legumes.

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When producers think of managing soil nutrients in corn production, they likely think first of nitrogen and rightly so as it is the most common yield-limiting nutrient. But nitrogen is just the beginning of the story. Corn silage growers need to also test for and manage potassium, phosphorus and micronutrients to maximize yields and keep the soil productive over the long term.

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