Strategic Use of Nitrogen for Pastures

– Hank Bartholomew, Southern Ohio Grazing Coordinator

The use of nitrogen fertilizers (N) on pastures can generate a great emotional debate among some groups of graziers. My philosophy is that N fertilizer is a tool that we can use to assist in managing forage supply. I am reluctant to discard any tools although some graziers may choose to do so. N fertilizer is also an input that requires some of our cold hard cash to purchase. As with all inputs, we must be frugal and manage purchased inputs closely. Continue reading