Nutrient off-takes from Silage Production
by Jack Doherty
With first cuts of Silage taken over the past few weeks, exceptionally early in many cases. Focus immediately switches towards feeding and nurturing the next crop. With Silage stocks low following an unfavorable spring in many places this year, making enough quality forage for the winter ahead should be a priority on livestock farms. A first cut will have taken significant quantities of Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K). A typical second will need 80 units of Nitrogen per acre (100 kg/ha), for Phosphorus in Index 3 needs 8 units per acres (10kg/ha) and it needs 60 units of Potassium (80 kg/ha) on index 3 soils, assuming the first cut adequately fertilised. It's important to factor in these figures when deciding what to fertilize your second cut with organic manures and chemical fertilizers. Contact your local Liffey Mills Advisor for advice on what products to use and where.
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