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Top dress a hay field
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dave    Posted 05-08-2003 at 19:02:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What is an average amount and what is the best type of fertlizer to use to top dress an older hay field.I know that soil samples and county agent are the way to go ,but they are more interested in the large farms and not in a big hurry to help out the part time farmer.I do about 5 ac. and want to increase the yield. thanks dave


TomH    Posted 05-09-2003 at 16:15:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check the web site of your land grant college. Here's one:


Errin OH    Posted 05-09-2003 at 08:48:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is a link to the before mention product.


bob    Posted 05-09-2003 at 05:27:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
in response to a lower post if crop is a legume you don,t need nitrogen If brome or grass you do. most times you only put ntrogen on grasses or a little p&k. I did something different this year I spread 70-50-50-10 last being sulphur. on brome field and which I plan on taking a crop and then pasture untill aug spray with roundup and wait 2 weeks and drill alafa So i can get more tonnage in future. Hope the rains keep coming


BobNC    Posted 05-08-2003 at 21:44:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in NC we have acid soil and rule of thumb is ton an acre for lime----farm supply spreads it for $34 per ton. Takes a while for lime to work in and do some good, so help it and aerate well. Experts say a minimum of 60# nitrogen(100# better and 150# even better) per acre. You want 50# each of pot and phos per acre. Numbers on bag 10-10-10 is percentage of each per pound, therefore a 100# bag gets you 10# of each. If 10-10-10 use 500# per acre and add 34-0-0 ammonium nitrate to get the nitrogen you want. After all that, get on your knees and pray for rain.
Best of luck. BobNC


Errin OH    Posted 05-08-2003 at 20:34:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Around here they tell me lime, lime, lime. Not haveing enough ground (3a) to warrent haveing it spread (at ton an acer it cost more to drive here than actually spread the stuff), It was recommended by a couple locals that I find a liquid called "nutra cal" (?sp) It was sprayable, meaning I could apply it via my small boom sprayer. It was supose to provide the same nutreants that lime does. Haven't located a source for it yet but plan to use it when I do.


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