Re-seed advice please.

Obi Wan

I’m looking at reseeding some old pasture shortly 5acre roughly, my soil analysis has come back mostly as expected. See below.

pH 5.4 (low)
P 2.7 (low)
K 124 (med)
M 263 (high)

My plan is to lime at 3t/acre and Phosphorus at 5 cwt/acre.

Problem is local supplier only had one type of lime that’s high in Magnesium 19% and they’re currently out of phosphorus until goodness knows when.

I’m not looking for artic loads so I’m wondering how’s this best to approach? Should I just use the lime available? I doubt it but would top dressing the phosphorus after work? Would I be better to put in a break/forage crop to boost the soil?

All advice appreciated, Agri supplies for the smaller unit are becoming a struggle in this area the past few years.
You should not apply more than 2 tonne an acre of lime in one hit, but in your circumstances you are in a pickle. Best to spread it and work it in thoroughly.

Your P index isn't that terrible, are you sure you need 5 cwt an acre? Just put on 2cwt of TSP or one 600kg bag.

Apple the phosphorous to the seed bed before drilling. You could drill the plot with kale and then eat it off ready for a reseed this coming autumn, but I don't know what land or stock you have. It would be safer from a weed and pest standpoint to go kale then grass rather than grass to grass.

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