Fertiliser on dry grassland

Moors Lad

N Yorks
Bit late putting fert. on to land we want to cut for haylage. The land is obviously getting drier as time passes - is it a waste of time/fert. putting it on until there`s prospect of rain? Does it just sit there or will it actually just turn to "gas" and be lost? TIA


N Devon
Something like Nitram will be gone in with a slight dew.A good compound would be ok too.Course blended fertiliser or Urea would sit there or turn to gas.


Was thinking about this when it was first cold and dry - grass takes up around 2.5kgN/ha per day, so 10 days cold and dry probably means there is a case for reducing a first application onto grassland. Save the fert and save risking too high N in silage come end of May?


Livestock Farmer
Had the same problem last year with similar weather. I put nitrogen fertiliser on some silage fields end of April until I’d used up what I had then didn’t order more until the rain came in June when I applied some to the remaining fields. It was quite obvious which fields had the fertiliser in the spring when we came to cut


Im a dreadful tractor diver at the best of times (let alone in the middle of lambing when I’m tired) I struggle to judge 24m! Some might have got double and some might have got half! 😂
The Nitrogen I used this year wouldn't get anywhere near 24m, it's like sugar and doesn't go far at all, I had stripes right across the field.

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...