Dr. Dan Talks Agronomy
Dan Davidson DTN Contributing Agronomist
Mon May 19, 2014 11:00 AM CDT

The general rule of thumb is to fertilize cool-season pastures early in the spring to force early growth and create a stockpile of forage. However, I've begun to consider the value of waiting until the second half of May to stretch growth into summer.

We do not turn cows into the pasture until about May 24 or 25. The cold springs of the last few years have really slowed spring pasture growth.

Lately, Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska extension forage specialist, has been advising timing fertilization to stimulate grass growth when it's needed. "Growers often fertilize cool-season grass pastures in ...

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