Boosting hay stand conditions

Boosting hay stand conditions
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Many hay stands, especially older ones, are in poor condition following this year’s drought and in need of a fertility program, says a provincial forage specialist.

“Doing it in spring is good, but although doing it in fall might lose a little bit of the nitrogen component, it allows for a very early effect on that hay stand in the spring,” said Grant Lastiwka.

About 14 pounds of phosphate and 58 pounds of potassium are taken out of every alfalfa ton, with 10 pounds of phosphate and 40 pounds of potassium per grass ton. If doing a late cut, leave four to six inches under the cutter bar and some strips in the field to capture snow and insulate the stand.

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