Question - How long do you have to keep horses off pasture after fertilizing?

Answered by: Kevin Davis  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 25-06-2022  |  Views: 1468  |  Total Questions: 14

The best way to keep pastures healthy and providing good quality nutrition is to prevent overstocking and when needed, rotate horses off pasture for six weeks to allow for adequate re-growth before reintroducing horses. If 100 pounds of nitrogen per acre is applied, horses should be kept from grazing until after a rain. Other precautions in pasture fertilization are: 1. Do not spill fertilizer in horse areas. In early spring, you can boost the leafy growth of your pastures by adding 50 pounds of nitrogen per acre, as long as your pasture does not consist of legumes, such as clovers. If your horse pasture has not been tested for nutrient levels within the last 2-3 years, now is a good time to do it. Horses can be exposed to nitrates by eating fertilizer or toxic forages and drinking contaminated water. In the few reported cases of nitrate poisoning in horses, the most common sources were contaminated ground water, direct ingestion of fertilizer, or consumption of forage grown in the area of spilled fertilizer. If possible, N fertilizer should be applied early in the spring, even before grass begins active growth. If more than one cut is planned, second cut nitrogen requirements should be applied immediately after the first cut is taken. When only one cut is taken for hay, all N fertilizer should be applied in early spring.

If you are fortunate to have pasture land for your horses use these simple tips to keep in productive and green. Improve soil in your pasture. Fix unproductive pasture areas. Establish a sacrifice area. Manage grazing patterns. Control weeds. Dig deeper.

Remember the following points, which greatly assist successful management of your equine pasture: Graze often, but do not over-graze. Graze half and leave half. Vary reentry times based upon seasons and regrowth potentials. Avoid grazing certain species during stem elongation growth periods to limit plant injury.

Calcium carbonate. This stuff is just called lime, ag lime, daily lime, garden lime. It's benign - it won't burn your horse, or poison your horse. It's also a super fine powder that has a way of ending up in your horse's lungs, made from crushed limestone.

Grass can be grazed as soon as the lime has been washed off the leaves by rain. If the lime advice for grassland exceeds 7. 5 t/ha ;initially only this amount should be applied, and the remainder applied after two years.

No. You must keep them off till it is fully dissolved. It will harm them.

Fertilizers can actually cause serious problems if applied at the wrong time but lime can be applied anytime. On a pasture it is best to apply lime before a rainy period so it breaks down faster. Aerating and/or mowing the pasture before applying lime will help the lime work its way into the soil.

Cool-Season Grasses to Plant to Aid Nutrition These long-living grasses include Kentucky bluegrass, orchardgrass, reed canarygrass, smooth bromegrass, cocksfoot or timothy and provide an ongoing source of nutrition. Bluegrass tolerates close grazing down to two inches, so is a good choice for heavily used pastures.

Grasses to Eliminate Rye Grass & Clover. Ryegrass. Kikuyu. Kikuyu. Paspalum. Paspalum seed head. Couch grass. Couch grass. Tall Fescue. Tall fescue.

Typically, mid-March onwards is the ideal time to start regular harrowing. However, if you plan to use a tractor to pull the harrow you may need to wait until it's dried out a bit more to avoid creating a mudbath! If you're using a quad bike you may be able to get on with this job a little earlier.

urea can kill both cattle and horses if feed excessively. Horses simply don't utilize urea as well as they would soybean meal or other natural protein sources.

Although P, K and lime can be added anytime, nitrogen fertilizer should be applied when pastures or hayfields will have the best opportunity to have a yield response. Usually a majority of the nitrogen applied as a part of commercial fertilizer is gone in 60 days.

In general, it is often recommended that you make your first fertilizer applications around the time of pasture green-up, which may occur as early as February/ March in south Florida or as late as April for locations further north.

Assess your resources. Be realistic. Use nitrogen fertilizer to boost production. Conduct a soil test. Add lime to your pasture. C5onsider adding legumes. Start rotational grazing. Control the weeds. Stretch limited pasture.

The best time for aeration is during the growing season, when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed. When should you not do it? It is best not to aerate in overly wet or dry ground conditions. When ground conditions are too wet it will cause more compaction problems.