Fertilizing after planting?

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shadyhollownj

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Ok so I rented a notill drill last week and put in some straight alfalfa, cereal rye and timothy in separate fields. We got some rain afterwards and with my work schedule I didnt have time to put down the fertilizer. Needless to say it all germinated and now I dont want ride on it. How long should I wait to put out P and K. I would think riding on it now would kill the newly sprouted plants. Thanks Mike.
 

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P&K needs to be put down before planting. I have read that it only moves through the soil at about 1 inch a year, depending on the type of soil you have.
Once the grass gets to the 4 leaf stage it should be OK. I cannot tell you about the alfalfa.
 
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The plan was to get it down before planting. I rent the planter and it just worked out between weather and work that I couldnt get it down as planned.
 

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novatech":11jft5dz said:
P&K needs to be put down before planting. I have read that it only moves through the soil at about 1 inch a year, depending on the type of soil you have.
Once the grass gets to the 4 leaf stage it should be OK. I cannot tell you about the alfalfa.

I agree 100%. It would be a crap shoot anyway since their is no mention of a previous soil test but, it wouldn't hurt to get it out there if there was a way to do it without tearing up up the crop. Foliar?
 

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