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When Does Fertilizing Pasture Pay? – Part 2

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Last week, Bruce Anderson shared information about break even points when it comes to spending money
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

2 Comments

  1. Bill Weber says:

    I live in southern Wisconsin. A neighbor has a pasture and he put down 3 applications of nitrogen over 2 years and almost doubled his stocking rate. 5 years later it has not changed. The grass really filled in and became much thicker.

    I have just done things with manure and gradually built up my stocking rate. I have wondered many times over the years how much further ahead I would have been with 3 or 4 applications of 40 pounds of nitrogen per year per acre for 2 years. Allan Nation said keeping it under 40 pounds would not hurt the soil.

  2. curt gesch says:

    Re: A $40 per acre investment in lime which promotes legume growth may be a better way of adding “N” to pasture compared to a $40 investment in N fertilizer which only has a short term effect.

    I wonder how many lbs./tons this is. I live in central B.C., far from any lime quarries and several years ago paid about $300/tonne. Yikes.

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