Soil fertility management for forage crops is a continuous process that begins well before the forage crop is established.
This fact sheet will deal with the establishment phase of soil fertility management for forages.
Once a forage stand is successfully established, the goal becomes maintenance of an adequate level of fertility to meet the needs of the crop throughout the life of the stand.
Nitrogen fertilizer applications to grass hayfields and pastures are the foundation for top forage yields.
Turf grass managers consider a very late fall application of fertilizer to be the most important fertility application. This brought up the question of how cool season forage grasses would respond to a similar type fertility program.
The sudden and dramatic increase in fertilizer cost has resulted in many forage producers reconsidering their alfalfa fertility program.