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Old 12-26-2011, 03:16 PM
 
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I was wondering if anyone has used a natural fertilizer on their grass pasture/hay land, and if so, what would you recommend?
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:35 PM
 
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What type of soil? Where? What kinds of plants and grasses are in the field in question? What is the moisture?

There are things to consider before applaying any sort of fertlizer.
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Old 12-27-2011, 07:39 AM
 
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The soil is upland meadow, basically pasture/hayfields with grass hay (fescue, clover, orchard grass, brome, fox tails, ragweed, lol) The ph is around 6.3, and although every field is different, they all need fertilizer. We just had some haylage tested, and the protein was very low (8%). The soil test says we don't need lime. We run cows 5 cow/calf pairs on 47 acres of pasture, divided into four fields, and also hay one 20 acre pasture. Hope that helps explain the situation a little bit better.\

P.S. We are in the Missouri Ozarks
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:49 PM
 
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There's no one simple answer.

A lot of people automatically assume that all commercial/non-organic fertilizer is toxic and evil, when it isn't. Some of it is actually just a blend of mined & ground materials.

As a rule, organic/natural fertilizer is going to work really well for small areas, like gardens. But it's usually not very balanced, nor is it practical for larger-acreage applications.


Do you have any larger livestock producer nearby, from whom you can get manure?
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:22 AM
 
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There's no one simple answer.

A lot of people automatically assume that all commercial/non-organic fertilizer is toxic and evil, when it isn't. Some of it is actually just a blend of mined & ground materials.

As a rule, organic/natural fertilizer is going to work really well for small areas, like gardens. But it's usually not very balanced, nor is it practical for larger-acreage applications.


Do you have any larger livestock producer nearby, from whom you can get manure?
Thanks. That's a good idea. There are a few dairys around here, and there are some chicken houses, so maybe I should look into finding out if those places are selling fertilizer. I was also curious about sea-based fertilizers, like kelp, sea minerals, fish, etc. Has anyone tried them?
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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Thanks. That's a good idea. There are a few dairys around here, and there are some chicken houses, so maybe I should look into finding out if those places are selling fertilizer. I was also curious about sea-based fertilizers, like kelp, sea minerals, fish, etc. Has anyone tried them?
Sometimes those bigger livestock producers are literally looking for places to dispose of their manure. You might be able to work out a pretty sweet deal with one of them.

Sea-based fertilizers... I know absolutely nothing about them. I hope some other members chime in with some knowledge. I'd like to learn more.
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:13 PM
 
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If your house is close to the area you will be fertlizing, be prepared for odor if, you choose the natural fertilzer.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:55 AM
 
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If your house is close to the area you will be fertlizing, be prepared for odor if, you choose the natural fertilzer.
Have you had this experience?
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:32 PM
 
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No, but I have visited relatives, that have a pasture across from their house, that their neighbor spread chicken litter on.
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:02 AM
 
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Have you had this experience?
I have. Cow crap is cow crap and if you spread it while "fresh", then be prepared for a few rather ripe days. You haven't lived until you are sitting on your tractor pulling a manure spreader filled with horse and cow manure on a hot day . I HATED that job as a kid!

hay grew like gangbusters, but damn that was a gross job .
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