Forage Focus: Should We Add Nitrogen Now To Help With Grass Growth?
With the recent rains and cooler than normal temperatures that followed the front, many producers have noticed their pastures greening. The question of applying nitrogen to pastures has come up in several conversations. It is true that cool season grasses respond to applications of nitrogen and timely applications can boost yields. Most of the time we talk about strategic applications of nitrogen, such as, early spring for quick green-up, early June for a mini stockpile to help get through the slump in July-August and August to stockpile for winter grazing. All of these are timed to take advantage of normal growth conditions.