Foliar fertilization on Grassland
For cattle farming and milk production a sufficient nutrition with minerals will be mandatory. This can be achieved by additional mineral feed but also through forage like grass silage.
As we know, the availability of the micronutrients in the grass is depending on the pH-value of the soil. For example, the important nutrients zinc, boron,
copper and manganese will be less available in a soil with high pH-value. And this will lead to a low concentration of microelements in the grass silage.
With a foliar application of micronutrients, the yield and quality of grass and silage can be improved
Benefits of a foliar fertilization on Grassland
The foliar fertilization with nutrients will be much more efficient compared to granular fertilization via the soil. Especially during the spring with cold temperature nutrienst, e.g. phosphorus, can be blocked and less available for plants.
Liquid formulated foliar fertilizers are quickly absorbed by the plant and their nutrients are much faster available compared to granular fertilizers. This will enable the grassland for an optimized start into the vegetation. But also during dry weather periods, formulated foliar fertilizer can help and improve the growth, yield and quality of grassland.
Molybdenum - important for legumes in Grassland
Compared to a strong nitrogen fertilization which may lead to a reduction of legumes in grassland, a sufficient supply with molybdenum will enhance and boost the presence of legumes. Finally, more legumes bring more protein into the forage.
Research confirms benefits of foliar fertilization
In many trials we have tested the efficacy of fertilization with magnesium, phosphorus, boron and molybdenum on grassland.the results have shown a clear yield increase and an improvement of quality. The combination of magnesium, phosphorus and boron has increased the dry substance yield by 4,6 %. The energy and protein content could be increased as well.
Also with an application of molybdenum we could achieve additional positive effects on yield and quality.
Please find below our recommendation for fertilization on grassland.