Using Your Herd to Get Manure Spread Onto Your Pastures

This is a Part 3 of a six part series Jim Gerrish wrote on feeding hay in pasture to improve pasture fertility. It goes well with another article this week on the soil benefits of manure. Here are the first two parts of the series: Part 1 and Part 2 . Follow links at the bottom of each article to see the rest. Having a systematic approach to hay feeding is a critical part of maximizing the nutrient benefits you get when feeding hay is a big piece of your pasture fertility program. We have already seen in the previous post the amount of urinary N that is returned to the soil with each ton of hay fed. We know the amount applied depends on the protein content of the hay. Now let's look at how you manage the feeding rate. Let's Do the Math on Hay Feeding for a Targeted N Application Rate Remember urinary N is readily available for plant use and is also the form of N that is most likely to be lost to the atmosphere as ammonia or leaching after conversion to nitrate in the soil. In this example we have 250 cows in the herd and are fee

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  1. Once the ground is frozen, how does the nitrogen get into the soil versus runoff into the stream?

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