Soil Fertility and Pasture Fertilization. Les Vough Forage Crops Extension Specialist Emeritus. INAG 116. Causes of low pasture productivity:. Lack of adequate fertilization. Poor grazing management. Unproductive species. Adequate Fertilization. Soil test every 2-3 years.
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Forage Crops Extension
Lack of adequate fertilization.
Poor grazing management.
Soil test every 2-3 years.
Lime and fertilize according to soil test recommendations.
If no-till seeding, sample from 2 depths -- surface to 2 inches and surface to 8 inches or normal plow layer if pasture has ever been plowed.
If tilled soil seeding, sample from surface to 8 inches or the plow or tillage depth.
Do not attempt seeding unless willing to apply the recommended amounts of lime and fertilizer.
pH affects availability and plant utilization of minerals.
P critical for seedling development.
Mid-Atlantic Equine Pasture Initiative
County Agent & Assistant Director
Paul H. Craig
Dauphin County Cooperative Extension Agent
Penn State University