Pastures are growing very slowly which is getting us in trouble quickly. Usually by now there is plenty of pasture for our cattle and we have stopped feeding hay. This year grass is not growing fast enough to provide cows the feed they need. Many of you don't have much good hay left so your cows are eating the grass right into the ground. This is hard on our pastures not to mention our cows who need plenty of good feed now to produce milk for their new born calves.
People are asking me, why is grass not growing? My answer is because of the damage due to last years dry weather and the extended cold weather this spring. The other question farmers have is what should I do for my pastures? I suggest that if you haven't already fertilized them that you immediately get a buggy and spread some fertilizer. I suggest that you apply 75 pounds of urea, 75 pounds of DAP, and 75 pounds of 60% potash to all of your pastures or at least half of the acres. Even those fields that have some clover in them will benefit from the nitrogen. This little bit of fertilizer will only cost you around $75, the cost of 2 round bales, and this fertilizer will produce a lot more grazing and hay than that. This fertilizer will put grass and clover growth in high gear when we get some more warm weather.