1) After cold spring and hot, dry summer, forage is scarce. However, it will rain eventually. Having fertilizer in place on pasture and forage ground will allow the grass to take immediate advantage of the nutrients after it rains. Waiting for rain before making the application can mean a shorter period of fall growth. When fall rains broke the 2012 drought, fertilized pasture grew rapidly to stave off shortages and keep cows from heading to the sale barn.
2) A nitrogen application combined with giving forage a break for stockpile growth can help grass overwinter and grow more quickly next spring. The stand will benefit from fall-accumulate food reserves that help to get through winter and a strong start next spring. Fall-applied nitrogen won’t affect the legume component in you your forage stand.
3) In years after a drought, fall-applied phosphorous and potash can help pasture rebound. Pastures’ legume component go into winter in better shape and have a better chance to live through winter stress. The nutrient status of soil also will affect the success of fall overseeding or frost seeding over winter. Obtain soil tests to gauge optimum application rates. MFA’s Nutri-Track precision program is a good choice for pasture as well as crop ground to help you get the right product in the right amount in the right place.
4) Early fall fertilization stimulates late-season tillering in grasses, which can improve pasture weed control by filling in bare spots to make fewer spots for weeds to become established.
Call on MFA staff at the location nearest you to get the right product for your situation.