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Fertilizing

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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As hay harvest season gets under way, thinking about fertilizing those stands should be a priority due to cost of fertilizer (Figure 1).

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I have seen several problems this spring with what appear to be nutrient deficiencies. The most recent has been boron (B) in alfalfa; the photos here were taken in Mercer County, Illinois.

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Rotating alfalfa with corn can increase corn yield potential due to improved soil physical properties that enhance water infiltration and root extension, altered soil microbial communities and reduced pest pressure.

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What do you see when you look at a bale? Certainly, many would say it is a source of feed for our livestock. Others see a commodity that is sold to their customers.

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While cattle farmers have used nitrogen-based fertilizers for years to stimulate forage growth during summer months, more ranchers like Mickel Shepherd are exploring alternatives to extend their grazing seasons.

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Maximizing your forage supply will be extremely important this year due to tight supplies and high prices for replacement forages. Be sure to use forage analysis on all your forages frequently this feedout period.

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