Fertilizer Management

Fertilizing pasture
University research on fertilizing sub-irrigated grazed hay meadows with 70 lbs. of N, 25 lbs. of P and 20 lbs. of S per acre resulted in a 3:1 return on investment.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Calculate ROI Before Fertilizing Pastures

April 26, 2023
This week: Fertilizing pastures — an in-depth analysis on the economics of applying fertilizer to Nebraska pastures this season. 

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Pasture landscape
Fertilization of smooth bromegrass pastures should begin soon, by late March through April

Pasture and Forage Minute: Winter Survival in Alfalfa, Fertilizing Cool-Season Grass

March 16, 2023
Tips on choosing winter survival traits in alfalfa without compromising yield, and timing and application rates for fertilizing cool-season grass pastures.

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Manure application
The value of manure depends upon several factors that must be assessed, including its type, how and where it's applied, the amount of nutrients needed in the field for the next crop and the cost of fertilizer.

Calculating the Value of Nutrients in Manure

March 16, 2023
Nebraska Extension Animal Manure Management Educator Leslie Johnson walks through the steps of calculating manure value.

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Farm equipment in field
Photo courtesy Center for Agricultural Profitability | Nathan Lykins/realagstock

Better News on World Fertilizer Markets

January 5, 2023
UNL experts discuss recent developments in natural gas prices and their implications in fertilizer prices, fertilizer affordability relative to crop prices and more in this update from the Center of Agricultural Profitability.

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Manure types
A visual representation of various manures' nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) contents compared to volume of organic matter and water.

Not All Manure is Created Equal

October 6, 2022
Animal Manure Management Extension Educator Leslie Johnson reviews the different kinds of manure and how the nutrient contents and characteristics of each product differs.

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Silage making

Pasture and Forage Minute: Small Grain Harvesting for Forage, Management Strategies for Musk Thistle, Pasture Fertilizer

May 18, 2022
Extension educators review the pros and cons of harvesting small grains for forage this year, and share tips on how to control musk thistle and fertilize warm-season grass pastures. 

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Pasture landscape

Pasture and Forage Minute: Pasture Rental Rates, Cool-season Grass Fertilizer

March 23, 2022
Extension educators review preliminary results from the Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market survey on pasture rental rates, and tips on fertilizing cool-season grass pastures.

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Manure spreader

Valuing Manure as a Seller or a Buyer

March 7, 2022
This UNL Water article takes a closer look at the value of manure with respect to nutrient concentrations, crop requirements, soil conditions and potential commercial fertilizer supplements.

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