Friday, November 6, 2015

Hay & Pasture Organic Fertilizer

AGGRAND INCREASES YIELD — This Indiana hayfield produced
979 bales of hay after AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer was applied.

AGGRAND HAY STUDY — Results of a three-year AGGRAND
hay study in Wisconsin indicate the application of AGGRAND
products increases hay yield and relative feed value (RFV). RFV is
a measure of feed quality commonly used in marketing livestock
forages, especially alfalfa hay. The study shows an average
increase in yield of almost 10 percent, while laboratory analysis
reveals more than 3 percent increase of RFV in the hay that was
fertilized with AGGRAND products.


AGGRAND Hay and Pasture
Hay and pasture are integral to the food supply of many classes
of livestock. Hay is one of the most versatile of stored forages and
provides ready supplemental food for animals that also might graze

High-quality hay has more protein that can produce healthier
livestock, reducing the need for feed supplements and associated

AGGRAND natural fertilizers are formulated to provide nutrients
immediately available to the plant and encourage microbial growth
within the soil. These microbes break down nutrients into forms plants
can use and improve the soil structure by creating passageways for
the movement of water and air. Plants develop stronger and deeper
root systems that can result in higher-quality forage.
Since soil conditions vary so much throughout North America,

AGGRAND recommends obtaining a soil analysis. A soil sample kit
(G1374) can be purchased from AGGRAND at a nominal cost. A
properly obtained soil sample and resulting analysis are key steps
in understanding the nutrient needs of the hay field or pasture. Once
the analysis is complete, AGGRAND provides product, dilution and
application method recommendations, along with timing of those
applications specific to the geographic region of interest. There are
times when fertilizer applications alone are not enough to create a
naturally balanced soil. In these instances, AGGRAND also may
recommend the incorporation of natural soil amendments such
as lime, gypsum, manure and other minerals. General application
recommendations are on the back of this page.

Mixed grass/legume production as it relates to permanent cultures on
acid clay soils in the eastern U.S. and Pacific Northwest has special
fertility requirements. These soils tend to contain high to excessive
amounts of magnesium (Mg) and low to deficient amounts of calcium
(Ca). The percentages of magnesium and calcium must be adjusted
to increase soil aeration, allowing higher levels of biological activity to
increase and sustain high productivity levels (the biology follows the

In general, one ton of gypsum and one ton of high-calcium lime
applied per acre during field renovation increase aeration and improve
drainage on clay soils for several years. After gypsum is tilled into the
soil, irrigate or allow several inches of rain to fall to leach the excess
magnesium from the soil before applying lime.

Foliar applications
Per-acre mix ratio:
Mix 1 gallon AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer, 1 gallon AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal, 1 quart AGGRAND Kelp and Sulfate of Potash and 75 gallons of
water. Apply as a fine mist with enough solution to thoroughly cover leaves. Perform first application in spring when plants are 4 to 6 inches in height.

Adjust solution according to soil fertility.

Repeat application when crop begins to regrow (4 to 6 inches in height) and after each cutting or grazing (on rotationally grazed pastures.) Perform
two to three applications per year. If soil testing indicates moderate to high phosphorus levels or low calcium levels, substitute AGGRAND Liquid
Lime for AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal.

Rates vary according to soil fertility, cropping history and other inputs that are applied. Two or three lighter applications may be more effective than
one or two heavier applications. If other constraints allow only one trip over the field, do not exceed a 3 percent dilution rate (3 gallons AGGRAND to
97 gallons of water.)

To reduce susceptibility to attack of insects and disease-causing organisms, apply a per-acre mixture of 1 to 2 gallons AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer
or 1 quart AGGRAND Kelp and Sulfate of Potash and 35 gallons of water when signs of infestation become apparent.

Pre-plant soil applications

Mix 3 to 6 gallons AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer with 50 to 100 gallons of water. Apply solution to one acre after seedbed preparation. Drag lightly
after application.

LUSH ALFALFA CROP — This alfalfa field in
Ohio produced five cuttings during a dry season
using AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer.

AGGRAND General Recommendations for
Hay and Pasture

Robert Bruton

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