Adding and Spreading Pasture Nutrients With All Four Feet on the Ground

If you're thinking you might want to spend some time and or money on your soil fertility, start with a soil test. That used to be right up there with “diet and exercise” and “floss daily” in terms of fun. But it doesn't have to be as we pointed out in "Taking the Drudgery Out of Soil Testing." Now that you've got your soil test results, take a look at your soil's phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). Drawdown of P and K on pasture is a very long and slow process unless you're cutting forage for hay or haylage. If your soil test shows those two minerals below the optimum range for legumes, then, and only then, you should add those two nutrients. P and K are especially important if you are harvesting and removing forage. If you aren’t harvesting forages, and possibly if the pasture is not one you’d be able to run over with machinery, try to provide supplemental feed on that pasture. That can provide the net gain of nutrients your pasture is seeking. Spread Manure One of the best tools you have for spreading nutrients in pasture is your herd.  Here are some tips to help them do their best: 1. Provide portable water troughs in each paddock. Avoid placing the trough in the same place each time. Using 50’ or so of flexible hose on the end of the trough to help shift it to a new spot. 2. Fence major paddocks along landforms

All the grazing management tips you need

Subscribe to read this article and over 2,500 more!

Subscribe today!

If you're already a subscriber, log in here.

One thought on “Adding and Spreading Pasture Nutrients With All Four Feet on the Ground

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Translate »