Magnesium (Mg) Recommendation
Part 1, Section 2: Soil Fertility Management
Soil Fertility Management
Magnesium (Mg) recommendation
If the soil magnesium level is below the optimum level for crop production, magnesium will be recommended to raise the level to optimum. Agricultural limestone is generally the most economical and convenient source of magnesium for agronomic crops. In addition to the actual amount of magnesium recommended (lb Mg/A), the magnesium recommendation is also given as the minimum percentage of Mg in the recommended amount of limestone required to meet the magnesium needs. Mg requirements vary from crop to crop. However, because the Mg recommendation is linked to the limestone recommendation, only one Mg recommendation is made. This recommendation is based on the needs of the most sensitive crop to be grown during the three years.
Low Mg levels in soils may result in low Mg levels in forage crops, especially if a significant amount of N and/or K fertilizer is applied. This can result in potentially fatal grass tetany in grazing animals. Use caution if grazing in this situation. Apply the recommended Mg; however, be aware that if the K is very high and the Mg is low, it may not be possible to correct this soil imbalance immediately. Therefore, it is critical that your feed rations are properly balanced based on the actual forage mineral content.