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March Forage Tips

  • Finish frost seeding by early March.
  • Begin grazing spring pastures.
  • Be aware of grass tetany with rapid grass growth of forages. Supplement with free choice high-magnesium mineral to reduce risk of grass tetany issues.
  • Apply nitrogen to grass pastures and hay fields at green-up (if you didn’t apply in February).
  • Apply phosphorus and potassium as needed shown in the soil report (if you haven’t already).
  • Finish routine maintenance and repairs on forage planting and harvesting equipment.
  • Herbicide applications for cool-season weeds (if you didn’t get them in February)

Controlling Buttercup

According to Dr. J.D. Green, Extension Weed Scientist with the University of Kentucky, ‘this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months’.

Seeing a dense stand buttercup in your pastures? Ask yourself these questions to start:

  • Have you taken a soil sample in the last three years?
  • If you have taken a soil sample recently, did you apply lime and fertilizer per those recommendations?
  • What measures do you take to ensure that your pasture is not overgrazed?
  • What is your stocking rate? (# of animals per acre)
  • Do you rotate pastures?
  • How short is your grass when you rotate?

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