Summer Fertiliser Options

NEED MORE LAND? 
GROW MORE GRASS AND CARRY MORE STOCK ON YOUR EXISTING LAND BASE

NEED MORE LAND? GROW MORE GRASS AND CARRY MORE STOCK ON YOUR EXISTING LAND BASE

The greatest influence on grass production and utilization on Irish farms is soil nutrition.  How much grass are you growing? Increasing grass DM production (from 8 to 11 tonnes/ha) and utilization (by 5%) will allow you carry nearly 50% more stock.

 (Grass DM +3tns/ha )    X      (Grass Utilisation +5%)    =        50% Increased Stocking Opportunity

 

Simple steps to grow more grass

The Problem: 89% of Irish soils tested have poor overall fertility in 2014.

 

 

The Continuous Improvement Strategy: Increase grass growth by 3t DM/Ha (an increase of nearly 40%)

Continuous Improvement Project Plan 

Goal: Raise the pH to 6.2 (65% of soils have a pH of less than 6.2)

Activity: Spread Lime, in order to improve pH: 

Measure: Measure and record grass growth, Sample & Analyse soil periodically

Evaluate: Grass production increase achieved versus cost of lime application(s)

 

Goal: Raise the P+K index to 3 typically, in order to increase soil fertility 

o 54% of Soil P samples were below optimum (Index 1 or 2)

o 50% of soils are at K index 1 or 2

Activity: Applying P and K.  There are no restrictions on K application rates and timings.  

Measure: Measure and record grass growth, Sample & Analyse soil periodically

Evaluate: Grass production increase achieved versus cost of P + K application(s)

 

Summer Grazing Products                                        

 

 

 

Option 1 - Compound fertiliser – Restore your soil P, K and S status with continuous application of N, P, K and S to improve soil fertility and drive grass growth

 

Richland: 22.7:2½:5 + 3% Sulphur

+ 1.2% Mg

+ Wolf Trax Trace Elements –

(Copper, Manganese and Zinc) 

 

Richland is a balanced compound fertiliser specifically aimed at main grazing season grass growth for use instead of 27:2½:5.

 

Features:

Richland contains major nutrients such as N, P, K and S as well as much needed readily plant available sources of Copper, Manganese, Magnesium and Zinc

Sulphur – Up to 20Kg/ha/yr of Sulphur should be applied to your grazing platform. Sulphur is closely associated with N uptake and efficiency.  Spreading Sulphur improves N efficiency (more bang for your buck) as well as greening and lushing up grassland.

 

Benefits:

Specially formulated combination of trace elements improve grass growth, herd health and fertility on your farm by providing vital micronutrients which are in scarce supply in your soil.

Copper increases herd fertility and improves thrive of animals.

Manganese maintains high fertility in a herd.  Manganese also promotes grass root development which is vital for the plant to survive in times of high stress.

Zinc helps prevent lameness, mastitis and improves fertility.  Zinc also promotes tillering in the plant.

 

Apply: 1 - 1½ bags/ac of Richland after each grazing to supply adequate nutrients for maximum yield.

 

Option 2:  Nitrogen (N) Only - If you have adequate P + K in your soil and are using slurry as maintenance dressings for P + K.  Increase grass utilization by spreading Nitrogen + Sulphur + Sodium.

 

Sweetgrass: 23% Nitrogen

     + 2% Sulphur

     + 5% Sodium

           + 1.2% Magnesium

 

 

Sweetgrass is a balanced Nitrogen fertiliser containing Sulphur, Sodium and Magnesium specifically aimed at main grazing season grass growth.

 

 

Features:

Sodium – Sodium increases the palatability of grazing grass – especially where slurry is being spread.  Sweeter grass means tighter grazing and higher % grass utilization

Sulphur–Up to 20Kg/ha/yr of Sulphur should be applied to your grazing platform. Sulphur is closely associated with N uptake and efficiency.  Spreading Sulphur improves N efficiency (more bang for your buck) as well as greening and lushing up grassland.

 

Benefits:                                                                                                                                 

Keep topping to a minimum by grazing tighter - topping is labour intensive and delays pasture regrowth

Better regrowth grass – grazing tighter ensures more leaf and less stem in regrowth grass.

Higher DMI (dry matter intakes) of cows.

Grazing tighter each rotation improves grass utilisation, one of the key determinants in the number of cows a farm can carry and ultimately farm profitability.

 

 

Every extra tonne of DM that’s utilized per hectare is worth €161 – that’s a saving of over €5,000 for utilizing 1t/ha extra across the average Irish farm

 

 

 

 

Application Rate:

Apply Sweetgrass throughout the grazing season to ensure maximum benefit from Sulphur and Sodium is achieved

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