How early to Fertilize?

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How early to Fertilize?

Postby southernultrablack » Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:56 pm

I'm in Northern AL. The temps for the next several days are suppose to reach the mid 70's with a little rain. Is it to early to fertilize? This will be ryegrass, fescue and some oats.

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Re: How early to Fertilize?

Postby ddd75 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:25 pm

i'd say now is a fine time.


i just picked up 16 tons today. i'm going to put it out as soon as i can get on the fields.

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Re: How early to Fertilize?

Postby BC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:09 pm

I am close to I-20 in East Texas and top dressed some nitrogen on rye and ryegrass last Thursday. Got 0.9 inch Monday. It is time.

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Re: How early to Fertilize?

Postby HDRider » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:44 pm

I'm a little north of you SUB and I'm asking the same question. My fescue is greening up in this warm weather. I'd love to help it along.
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Re: How early to Fertilize?

Postby kilroy60 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:55 pm

Spreader trucks are running rampant in NE Georgia this week. Local co-op is about 40 farms behind on spreading fertilizer.

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Re: How early to Fertilize?

Postby Stocker Steve » Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:58 am

A lot of original work for N on grass was done right after WWII. One point that made was that you can extend the grazing season about two weeks in both spring and fall with a timely N app, and you can also get a high # grass for # N payback at this time. I think the soil is too cool for the natural mineralization process to work early and late in the season. Grass is green but it just doesn't grow
So you want to make a small N app when the grass just starts to green up, unless your winter feed is very reasonable. Most people are too late in the spring. More than 40# N/acre will reduce clover content.
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Re: How early to Fertilize?

Postby oscarsteve » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:17 am

I'm just north of I-20 in East Central Georgia. I just had nitrogen applied to my winter grazing (rye, oats, and ryegrass) this past Tuesday. Then got 3/4 of an inch of rain that night. Maple, elm, and pear trees are all putting out and daffodils are blooming like crazy. I think now is the time for fertilizer in the South.

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Re: How early to Fertilize?

Postby southernultrablack » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:14 pm

Well I went ahead and put it out! Giving rain for tommorrow morning so hope I hit it just right!!

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Re: How early to Fertilize?

Postby Clodhopper » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:04 pm

If you get the chance, get it on. You can always use the coated urea, which won't break down until it gets enough moisture. I always use some or all in my fertilizer blends.


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