Producers who pay close attention to soil fertility fundamentals will help ensure the desirable forage production and nutritive value, a management tool that is especially important with introduced forages.

“Lack of attention can easily necessitate increased purchase of off-farm feed and forage, decreased animal performance and reduced level of profitability of a forage-livestock enterprise,” says Brian Arnall, Oklahoma State University assistant professor of plant and soil sciences.

The proper order for proper warm-season grass fertilization is as follows:

● Conduct a soil test.
● Lime as recommended.
● Apply phosphorus and potassium as recommended.
● Identify a reasonable yield goal.
● Apply nitrogen fertilizer ahead of moisture based on yield goals.

“Remember, by default, producers who use introduced forages have decided to provide the necessary fertility inputs,” Redfearn notes.

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Source: Oklahoma State University