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Fertilizer prior to rain.

Postby northcreek » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:46 pm

I am a little behind on getting fertilizer out and was hoping to today. Weather man is calling for 2 inches of rain total over a 2.5 day period. Would most recommend continuing with fertilizing plans or would I be washing my money downstream. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Fertilizer prior to rain.

Postby M-5 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:56 pm

I would do it , If they said 2 " in a very short period I might hesitate
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Re: Fertilizer prior to rain.

Postby rockroadseminole » Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:32 pm

I would do it. Unless they are talking 4"+, I'm giving the green light.
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Re: Fertilizer prior to rain.

Postby Texasmark » Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:31 pm

I like to do it just before and use my pasture renovator to cut slices in the sod in contour rows to catch the water and fert. as the rain falls. If I had my drathers, and had a special order it would be about a 3 day drizzle......but what we get this time of year is a 4 inch per hour rate spike lasting 15 minutes or so as the front passes through. But that's better than none.
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Re: Fertilizer prior to rain.

Postby northcreek » Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:15 pm

Thanks for the opinions. I went ahead and spread today. Now maybe we can get some alternating rain and sunshine.
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Re: Fertilizer prior to rain.

Postby Aaron » Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:57 pm

A 2" soaker over 2 days is about the ideal conditions for fertilizer application. 2" in an hour is not.
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Re: Fertilizer prior to rain.

Postby M-5 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:17 pm

calling for 1.5 to 2.5 " here Sunday and Monday . I picked up a buggy with 4.5ton on it today to fertilize hay fields
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Re: Fertilizer prior to rain.

Postby ddd75 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:28 pm

got 11 ton spread today.. got into a little bit of rain for the last hour but the buggy had a tarp on it.
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Re: Fertilizer prior to rain.

Postby Stocker Steve » Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:32 pm

northcreek wrote:I am a little behind on getting fertilizer out and was hoping to today. Weather man is calling for 2 inches of rain total over a 2.5 day period. Would most recommend continuing with fertilizing plans or would I be washing my money downstream. Thanks in advance.


Depends on slope and fertilitzer type and plant type and soil type.

N can easily end up below the root zone of some plants. That is one reason why they reccomend split N applications on corn.
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