To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Do you fertilize your grass fields?

Yes, all 3 stages
26
51%
Yes, 1-2 stages
12
24%
Sometimes if I think about it
9
18%
Why waste the material and effort? (No)
4
8%
 
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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by Illinois Farmer » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:44 pm

That's what I was wondering. The thin layer makes sense and have to wait a long time afterwards.
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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by Fifty1990 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:48 pm

Illinois Farmer wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:44 pm
That's what I was wondering. The thin layer makes sense and have to wait a long time afterwards.
The time you wait for grass to grow :P because its very short when you spread it and reasonably long when you cut it :D
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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by Ritchie » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:49 pm

Fairly normal practice in the UK and Ireland if a dairy or beef operation has slatted sheds for slurry collection.
Nothing wrong with watching YouTube to broaden your horizons and get an understanding of what is done elsewhere in the world.

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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by Fifty1990 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:51 pm

Ritchie wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:49 pm
Fairly normal practice in the UK and Ireland if a dairy or beef operation has slatted sheds for slurry collection.
Nothing wrong with watching YouTube to broaden your horizons and get an understanding of what is done elsewhere in the world.
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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by chedly_farms » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:22 pm

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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by Illinois Farmer » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:26 pm

Nothing wrong with a little explanation either. I don't have time to sit on YouTube. We have confinement buildings here too. I have seen with my own eyes what happens when you put slurry on hay ground. It makes crabby hay for the next cutting. That's why we don't do that. I forgot if it is done in the uk it must be the correct way to do things. My fault. What country produces the most agricultural products on the world?


Edit: answer in case you don't want to look, China, India, United states, then Brazil.
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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by Illinois Farmer » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:29 pm

By all means keep doing that in the uk. I'm glad I don't have to bale stuff filled hay.
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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by Ritchie » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:34 pm

Why does everything have to turn in to a pi** contest on here. It's a practice used in the UK and elsewhere successfully for years, just because it doesn't work where you are doesn't make it better or worse than any other. It's just different practices for different climates and end products.
It's used mainly for grass/silage production here not for hay and you don't spread it then cut the crop the next day so nothing is covered in stuff lol.

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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by Illinois Farmer » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:56 pm

You guys started the contest I finished it. I understand uk uses it. I was saying it must be different rates like mwal said which makes sense. If you put it pom thick enough it would stay around for the 4 week interval of cutting hay. Obvious you wouldn't put it on when the grass is ready to be cut, duh.
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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by Bryan83 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:28 pm

While interesting to learn how things are done around the globe, RW practices aside I was mainly just looking to see what everybody's doing in the game. It was not my intent to start a US v. UK debate.

I'm considering buying a second field on my Welker Farms map that's currently grass, and was trying to figure out if it's worth my time and material cost to fertilize the grass before the second cutting.
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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by Illinois Farmer » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:30 pm

I would say in game mechanics it is worth to fertilize it.
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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by michaelr » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:32 pm

Illinois Farmer wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:56 pm
If you put it pom thick enough it would stay around for the 4 week interval of cutting hay.
I think that's one reason many use an injector, or slurry aerator, pouring slurry directly to the grass roots below ground :this:

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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by Fifty1990 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:40 pm

michaelr wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:32 pm
Illinois Farmer wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:56 pm
If you put it pom thick enough it would stay around for the 4 week interval of cutting hay.
I think that's one reason many use an injector, or slurry aerator, pouring slurry directly to the grass roots below ground :this:
Indeed they inject it with a special tool that at the same time aires out the grass pokes holes in the grass.
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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by SimpleFarmer » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:09 pm

As far as the game is concerned, I fertilized my grass field and it turned that darker shade of green and showed a layer in the menu, but after I cut it, it still showed a layer and wouldn't let me apply more. I got the same # bales either way. I think fertilizer has no affect on grass.
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Re: To fertilize or not to fertilize (grass/hay fields)

Post by norfolk farmer » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:27 pm

OlavEmil wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:36 pm
Is slurry something different than liquid manure? Because farmers definitely spray liquid manure on their grass fields here. It is really the only thing most farmers here do to their grass fields, they spray them with liquid manure, and mow or forage them.
Yes liquid manure is normally referred to as slurry here in the UK and in Ireland *thumbsup*

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