Extra moisture is valuable
Do you remember when we last had soil profiles nearly completely full of moisture throughout the area? I know I don’t. Because full profiles are unusual for most of us, some suggestions might be helpful as reminders of how to take advantage of extra moisture.
First, consider pasture fertilization. Good moisture is needed to make full use of nitrogen fertilizer. Our university recommendations are based on available moisture for various areas. When soil moisture is high at the start of the growing season, like this year, heavier rates can be expected to produce economically higher grass yields as long as you can use the extra grass either for grazing or by cutting excess for hay. I suggest applying an extra 20-40 lbs. of nitrogen/acre this spring if you can use that extra growth.
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