From our pasture fertilizer customers, here are some comments and questions we answer. “When I use AGGRAND liquid fertilizer for pastures, how long after spraying do we wait to graze the horses?” “The estimate I had on liquid pasture fertilizer prices this year was $15,000 and I was sick” “Do we always need to use lime for pastures. If not, what is the other choice?” “Organic pasture fertilizer was expensive last year. AGGRAND is wholesale for members, so much better.” “There hasn’t been fertilizers used on this farm for over twenty years and it shows, so what do you have for our dairy pasture in NOP-certified organic?”
“Can I order bulk liquid fertilizer for pastures?”
We answer “YES!” to the last question and answer all these questions below. If you are ready to shop, click the banner to the right. You will go straight to our AGGRAND store. If you want liquid fertilizer recommendations based on your soil analysis or the pasture condition in general, email us answers to the questions below. If you want to learn about the all natural and organic liquid fertilizers for pastures, this page has a Table of Contents a few paragraphs down.
Liquid Pasture Fertilizer by AGGRAND
The grass is always greener…… The pasture guide will tell the general application rates per acre, before considering conditions and soil analysis. The liquid fertilizer for pastures is, first, our 4-3-3 fish emulsion with kelp added. This comes as an NOP-certified or choose the all natural, essentially the same but not certified. Second is the Liquid Kelp with Sulfate of Potash, kelp offering humic and fulvic acids, amino acids, plant hormones, plus sulfur and potassium. Liquid bonemeal for your phosphorous with some calcium. Liquid lime for the calcium.
Pasture production can be increased two to three times or more with a well planned fertilization and management program. AGGRAND cannot make guarantees, of course, but the fertilizers are organic, potent and those numbers of 4-3-3 are what is actually available to the pasture grasses and legumes now, it binds to the roots, feeding the grasses. Not what will be available quickly but then could be gone due to runoff or that is not there at all because of being leached out in the soil instead of taken up by the grass roots.
- The first priority for pastures in grass is the high applications of nitrogen for a lush and vigorous response. That means our AGGRAND 4-3-3 with fish emulsion concentrate.
- Grasses may need phosphorus and potassium if these rates are low in the soil. But the nitrogen must be adequate first so the uptake of phosphorous and potassium can be had.
If your pastures were grazed for many years then they will probably will test quite low in phosphorus. While the potassium supply may be just fine and not needed.
- “Can I order bulk liquid fertilizer for pastures?”
- Liquid Pasture Fertilizer by AGGRAND
- Pasture Grasses
- Liquid Fertilizer for Pasture Grasses and Legumes
- Pasture Soil Conditions
- Organic Pasture Management Questions – We want to know your answers
- Foliar Applications on Pastures Guidelines and Dilution Rates – we cannot give prices, but these are approximations.
- How to use AgGrand liquid fertilizer without a boom sprayer for your pasture?
- Pasture Fertilizers In Season
- Liming Pastures with Liquid Lime
- What Fertilizers Support Legumes In Pastures?
- Why not the AGGRAND 4-3-3 liquid fertilizer on a legume-grass pasture?
- Calcium Deficiency in Pastures Or is it lime? Or pH? Or calcium?
- Sulfur Through Pasture Fertilizers
- Organic or Natural Potassium Fertilizers for Pastures
- Plant Hormones, Fulvic and Humic Acids, Amino Acids and More from Naturally Organic Liquid Fertilizers
- Phosphorous for Pastures
- Fish Emulsion Fertilizers for Pastures
- BIODEGRADABLE HYDRAULIC OIL for NATURAL PASTURES
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS — Pasture Management and Fertilizers for Natural Grazing
- “How can the pastures be renovated to use less fertilizers, or become a self-sustaining permaculture?”
- “When I use AGGRAND liquid fertilizer for pastures, how long after spraying do we wait to graze the horses?”
- “Where do I go for information on natural grazing and pasture management?”
- “Don’t the animals supply nitrogen to the pasture grasses through urine and dung?”
- Technical Questions on Liquid Fertilizer for Pastures
- “AGGRAND natural fertilizers have a lower NPK grade than chemical fertilizers. Does this mean they are less effective than chemical fertilizers?”
- “My CEC is low in the pasture. So what does that mean?”
- “If the organic matter is low in the pasture and we cannot till an established pasture, then what?”
- “Soil pH is low. Do I need liquid lime on the pasture?”
- Liquid Lime — Pasture Questions
- “Do we always need to use lime for pastures. If not, what is the other choice?”
- Pasture fertilizer prices…..
- “Organic pasture fertilizer was expensive last year. Why is AGGRAND so affordable?”
- “The estimate I had on pasture fertilizer this year was $15,000 and I was sick. What is the average cost per acre with AGGRAND fertilizers?”
- Fertilizer Applications for Old Pastures
- “There hasn’t been fertilizers used on this farm for over twenty years and it shows.”
- “So what do you have for our dairy pasture in organic NOP-certified?”
Here is the long list of pasture grasses that AGGRAND is used for including grasses, forbs and legumes ….. Meadow Brome, Timothy, Climax Timothy, Kentucky Bluegrass, Crested Wheatgrass, Slender Wheatgrass, Intermediate Wheatgrass, Orchardgrass, Buffalo Grass, Crabgrass, Lespedeza Pasture Grass, Tall Fescue, Bermudagrass, Morhay Bermudagrass for pastures, Pensacola Bahiagrass, Argentine Bahiagrass, Browntop Millet, Dahurian Wildrye, Perennial Ryegrass, Italian Ryegrass, White Clover, White Dutch Clover, Red Clover, Alfalfa, Weeping Lovegrass, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Mulato II Pasture Grasses, Annual Sunflower, Chicory, Peanut Pasture, Tiffany Teff. You know with the right species for your area, potent organically natural fertilizers creating moderate to good soil conditions, the more nutrient and lush the pasture, the more grazing can be done by more cattle, horses, goats, sheep or whatever your farm or homestead offers.
Resown grass fields are so different from meadows of old.
Liquid Fertilizer for Pasture Grasses and Legumes
We offer four choices that are complementary and can create a customer fertilizer analysis. Though AGGRAND does not custom mix the combinations, the farms do their own mixing at application, making for easy work of it all at once. Makes pasture roots journey deep for these nutrients, establishing a healthy pasture.
- Organic Series 4-3-3 or All Natural 4-3-3 (see next bullet for details). This is the nitrogen source. But not the nitrogen that comes synthetic and creates top growth without benefits of stronger roots, better uptake, plant hormones and such. AGGRAND liquid fertilizer to be used on pasture that must be certified organic. Formulated with fish emulsion, This is NOP-certified, OMRI-listed. If you need true organic, OS 4-3-3 is the one. For those who care, wintergreen is added to improve the fish scent. Comes in 5-gallon pails, 55-drums, 275-totes.
- Part of the first choice for high nitrogen is the All Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 is with the same fish emulsion, kelp, bloodmeal, molasses, sulfur, potassium and more. Nothing lightweight about the NOF 4-3-3, just not certified organic, though it is USDA certified biobased.
- Liquid Kelp with Sulfate of Potash -0-0-8 gives potassium, sulfur, plant hormones, micronutrients, fulvic and humic acids, amino acids. Certified organic concentrated liquid kelp.
- Liquid Bonemeal 0-12-0 is your phosphorous…. a superfine ground phosphate that indulges plant roots immediately and holds there all season, quick-release and slow-release.
- Liquid Lime for super calcium enrichment when it is needed. Sure lime pretty much always makes some lush green growth. But if the nutrient deficiency was actually potassium or phosphorous or boron or whatever, then skipping the liming is better for the pasture. But if the pasture needs calcium, this is the no-need-to-till deal. No dusty lime or pellets left hanging around.
Pasture Soil Conditions
When you are raising beef cattle, dairy cows, goats, sheep, alpacas, llamas, grazing horses or free-ranging chickens and turkeys, you want to create high-quality pasture grass. The pasture grass is a nutritional and economical permaculture when you use naturally organic, affordable fertilizers. Nutrient-dense pastures with a pasture grass species mix for your region will remain strong and productive year after year.
In preparing a fertilizer program for your pasture challenges, you would think we need to consider all the environmental elements for your area such as heat, drought, seasons, sun or shade of the pasture, grazing tolerance, types of pasture grasses established, disease issues, pests and insects, soil conditions. The fact is that though the fertilizer programs are not a one-size-for-all, they are standard in pasture health and building soil health. The AGGRAND liquid fertilizer for pastures is after one goal, feed the grasses.
A soil analysis is often, but not always the base information for the one issue that matters…..
- soil conditions.
The rest is taken care of by the AGGRAND liquid fertilizers. Building disease and pest resistance, tolerance to ‘heavy traffic’ and drought. The soil conditions are the means to identify deficiencies and resolve these – without liming most of the time.
Organic Pasture Management Questions – We want to know your answers
When you contact us, we will ask some questions to assist with your organic pasture management using liquid fertilizers. Through these answers, the use of AGGRAND moves from general organic liquid fertilizer for pastures recommendations to more specific insight into what you need for your specific challenges and species of pasture vegetation. One words answers work just fine. We want to know……
- what is grazed in the pastures (horses, miniature horses, cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, etc)
- general description of the grasses, legumes and other plant species
- shade trees, wooded areas, pines
- ponds, streams
- perennial pasture or annual pasture
- your location
- time of year you graze
- length of your grazing seasons for each pasture
- rotation, rest/rotation, intensive, high-density
- quality of pasture
- management practices that maintain pasture quality
- fertilizers used, including chemical and liming in last ten years
- yield in grazing – how many grazed each year for last three years
- dry matter intake from grazing
- challenges you are having in last few years
- soil analysis in last three years
- do you have an organic system plan (OSP)
- do you have an certifying agent for the National Organic Program (NOP)
- are you Certified Naturally Grown (CNG)
Foliar Applications on Pastures Guidelines and Dilution Rates – we cannot give prices, but these are approximations.See our link to the AGGRAND storefront for exact pricing.
General per-acre mix ratio is a 3% dilution rate of 2.5 gallons of Aggrand fertilizers to 75 gallons water—-
- 1 gallon AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 — perhaps $22 an acre in low volume, about $13 an acre if ordering 55-gallon drum.
- 1 gallon AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal 0-12-0 — less than 4-3-3
- 1 quart AGGRAND Kelp and Sulfate of Potash 0-8-0 — more than 4-3-3 but you need about one-fourth as much.
- 75 gallons water
Apply as a fine mist with enough solution to thoroughly cover leaves. Perform first application in spring when plants are 4 to 6 inches in height. Adjust solution according to soil fertility. Repeat application when crop begins to regrow (4 to 6 inches in height) and after each cutting or grazing (on rotationally grazed pastures.) Perform two to three applications per year. If soil testing indicates moderate to high phosphorus levels or low calcium levels, substitute AGGRAND Liquid Lime for AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal.
Attempt to apply after a rainfall but when pasture has dried. Attempt to aim for application to be a few days before a rainfall, allowing the nutrients to do their work. We say apply between the raindrops but make them far apart.
- Rates vary according to soil fertility, cropping history and other inputs that are applied.
- Two or three lighter applications may be more effective than one or two heavier applications.
- On new pastures, if other constraints allow only one trip over the field, do not exceed a 3 percent dilution rate — 3 gallons AGGRAND to 100 gallons of water / 2.5 gallons AGGRAND to 75 gallons water.
- When necessary, such as tank size limitations, then established broadleaf grasses can handle a dilution rate up to 6 percent — 6 gallons AGGRAND to 100 gallons of water / 4.5 gallons AGGRAND to 75 gallons water.
How to use AgGrand liquid fertilizer without a boom sprayer for your pasture?
One of our farms fertilizes three small pastures with an ATV and a backpack sprayer, seriously. The liquid fertilizers can be applied from a tank on the back of a truck, no boom needed, just a person to do the spraying from the tank. One uses a riding mower and backpack. The will has a way. If you are fertilizing a small pasture that is near a water hose, there is a hose end sprayer attachment for the hose and quart jug, nothing scientific but figure on a quart to one-quarter acre of pasture, unless you are going for more then just apply more quarts. If your pastures are large to massive or numerous, consider having a custom boom sprayer built. We have design info so send an email.
Pasture Fertilizers In Season
Are your pastures overgrown in spring? Do they get tramped down? Horses rip the young grasses up by the roots before they get a chance to grow? Do the grasses run out in summer months? The timing on your fertilizer applications can produce grass and legumes when you want them and create a better budget too. Farmers in fertilizer result testimonials tell that they are able to add more grazers to pasture since their pastures come back more quickly.
Our 4-3-3 concentrated fish emulsion with kelp-seaweed is the hit of nitrogen you need. Qualifying once more, that AGGRAND 4-3-3 is not the synthetic nitrogen that will create heavy top growth without benefits. With AGGRAND, slow, steady, deliberate creation of a soil base that feeds your pastures naturally.
Spring – The potassium is already high due to mineralization during the winter, so the liquid kelp is not needed yet. The 4-3-3 from our fish emulsion / nitrogen is needed but only on half to three-quarters of your pasture. Why produce forage at a high rate when the grazers cannot keep up and all you do is mow and collect happy weeds? See those high green grass spots called urine spots in your pasture. That is how much your pasture grasses need the nitrogen, but do you want all that happening at once? If yes, if you can keep up, then go for it. Either way, order what you need, plan the applications spaced apart. Spring calcium applications are now too, if soil is too acidic for what you need, either grasses or legumes. Bonemeal, if needed, can be mixed with whatever you apply, all complementary. So you want to eventually fertilize all the pasture, but only half or so at first. Graze the unfertilized first, then fertilize it next while they go on the the first fertilized sections.
Summer – You need the 4-3-3 fish emulsion along with liquid kelp / seaweed now to boost sweet pasture growth. Nitrogen on pastures not hit with it in spring with the kelp concentrate is fine. Bonemeal too on anywhere it has not been, producing strong roots, deep roots, good uptake. After every pasture is grazed or mowed and has grown back to 4 or 6 inches, then apply your next shot of AGGRAND. Not raining? Do it anyway. It will rain again, it always does. But our AGGRAND liquid fertilizer for pastures doesn’t really need the rain to do its work, though it is nice.
Autumn – A good time to fertilize with the bonemeal and kelp and the 4-3-3.
Budget? Can only do one of these? Then half your pasture in early spring with the half not fertilized done after it is grazed and gets back to 4-inches. You will benefit. You are talking around $16 an acre with the 4-3-3 if you are buying from us wholesale, meaning preferred customer membership in your cart. Anyone can use this membership.
Commercial farm rates? Tax exempt? On a high volume, you get even more off wholesale. Also possibly half to full freight paid, depends on the liquid fertilizer volume ordered. Contact us for assistance. See contact us icon on left side of this page.
Liming Pastures with Liquid Lime
Our AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime is a calcium supplement that temporarily boosts calcium levels in the rootzone with immediate availability, unlike ag-lime. To place about 6 pounds of limestone in the rootzone, the typical recommendation is 2 gallons per acre per application, which places about 6 pounds of limestone in the root zone immediately, at a dealer / wholesale cost of about $36 per acre on smaller volumes ordered and about $27 when ordering the 55-gallon drum. At one gallon per acre, approximately $18 and $13.50 respectively. Now, if we were trying to replace two tons of limestone with gallons of AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime in weight, that could cost more than $19,000 per acre. Fortunately, that’s not the intention of using our Liquid Lime.
This is a controversial subject. An ag cooperative might tell you that the liquid lime does not have enough oomph and since you are agricultural, go for the ag-lime. Sure, you could if you want to aerate the pasture. They might say to leave liquid lime to the gardens and lawns. But we contend that we are not asking for guinea pigs here. It has been proven. AGGRAND liquid lime is effective and the cost is more than reasonable, especially wholesale for members who pay a few bucks to join. Here is an article by the AGGRAND Certified Crop Advisor. Essentially, when 100 percent of the lime goes through 10-mesh to 325-mesh screen (44-microns) then 100 percent of the lime is available to the pasture roots now, not in three years.
A recommendation for liquid lime by AGGRAND is two gallons in 75 gallons water per acre when there is a calcium deficiency. The liquid lime can be mixed with complementary AGGRAND fertilizers 4-3-3 or kelp, as needed. Email or call for guidance on ratios.
What Fertilizers Support Legumes In Pastures?
Pasture legumes can disappear when the calcium (lime), phosphorus and potassium become deficient. They are susceptible to grass competition, weed overwhelm, insect damage, diseases, overgrazing and drought. If your legume were thriving then disappeared, these are your clues. The liquid fertilizer for pastures by AGGRAND that will help are either/or (depending on soil conditions)
- liquid bonemeal (phosphorous) and/or
- liquid lime (calcium) along with
- the liquid kelp (sulfur and potassium).
Legume pastures and legume-grass pastures definitely do have higher requirements in phosphorus and potassium than the straight grass pastures. The phosphorous and potassium nutrients both increase legume yields and enhance the pasture’s longer stand life, disease resistance, drought resistance and winter hardiness. Yes, some pastures are without legumes for good reason, we know. Others use non-bloat species, such as birdsfoot trefoil or lespedeza. But if your pasture could use legumes or has them, then the AGGRAND liquid concentrates are easy to apply all natural, organic even, affordable and delivered to your barn.
Calcium or liquid lime to reduce acidity is sometimes needed for legume-based forage stands pastures too. To maintain a minimum soil pH of 6.5 for legumegrass stands then the calcium must be considered. It is usually about the deficiency in calcium that creates the acidic soil. A soil pH of 6.0 is considered adequate for grass pastures but higher for legumegrass. Sure, limestone can be disced in. But why, when the easier, affordable, effective method is liquid lime from AGGRAND with 100 percent going through a 300 sieve? The liquid lime goes along with topdressing the pasture, but without the dust cloud. The liquid lime does not need to be worked in, in other words. The go-to method for liming your pasture, that’s for sure.
Why not the AGGRAND 4-3-3 liquid fertilizer on a legume-grass pasture?
These normally don’t need the nitrogen. Legumes (beans) fix nitrogen from the air for both their use and for the grass that is growing around the legume. Determination is based on if more than one-third of the forage stand is legume, then you do not need to apply nitrogen fertilizer. If the legume percentage of pasture is less than one-third, then the pasture grasses in the mixture is likely need nitrogen fertilizer.
Calcium Deficiency in Pastures Or is it lime? Or pH? Or calcium?
From Walt’s Corner – This is in part an article I love to read and share with clients who are presented with the issue of adding limestone to their established pastures that they do not want to till and are balking about the limestone dust cloud.
“Neal Kinsey, the author of Hands-On Agronomy, puts it this way, “I never look at pH to determine when to lime or what kind of lime to use. I look at the deficiencies in the soil.”
“If you were to try to replace two tons of limestone with AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime, it would cost more than $19,000 per acre. That’s not what Liquid Lime is for. It is a calcium supplement, intended to temporarily boost calcium levels in the root zone…. naturally, we don’t recommend AGGRAND Liquid Lime for pH adjustment and we never have. One thing low pH most often indicates, though, is a calcium deficiency, and ultimately, it’s the deficiency that we’re addressing directly, not the soil pH. When soil is described as nutrient ‘deficient,’ it means there simply isn’t enough in the soil to promote optimal plant growth. When we use AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime, we are actually responding to the calcium deficiency first and foremost, and adding enough calcium for the plant or crop to maintain satisfactory growth.
“Kinsey also talks about the relationship between the grind or
fineness of a particular limestone, and the speed with which it
breaks down in the soil and becomes plant available. His benchmark is: If 60 percent of the lime will go through a 100-mesh (150 micron) screen, then, when applied in the fall, a third
of it will be available next spring and for the following two years. But, what you get with AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime is 100 percent of the lime passing through a 325-mesh (44 micron) screen, which allows 100 percent of it to influence the soil and plant growth immediately. AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime can be applied during the growing season for quick soil and foliar adjustments.
“AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime is primarily a source of supplemental calcium that can be applied on a regular basis (after cutting hay or grass, for example) to maintain optimal calcium levels in the plant root zone.”
So when your soil analysis says low pH and you are told to add limestone or die, you have the option of liquid lime to raise the calcium level if there is a calcium deficiency. See the CEC table below for more info on calcium balance in your soil. If there is not a calcium deficiency and your pH is low, there are other possibilities such as ….. inappropriate fertilization program….. applying ammonium/nitrate applications….. ammonium-based fertilizers…. ammonium-forming fertilizers (urea)…. was you soil analysis taken after heavy rainfalls because that can effect a low pH, best to wait a few days before taking soil samples……. the organic matter composing your soil such as forest area over a pasture or field will be more acidic…. sandy soils are more acidic and lose nutrients quickly, nutrient deficiencies all around…… harvesting high-yielding forages such as bermudagrass and alfalfa…... and more reasons.
In truth, the pH may be acidic temporarily. Maybe it is a real issue and the correct pH for crops is individual and extremely important. This can be corrected in irrigation through our liquid lime or potassium carbonate. Note the potassium carbonate will contain potassium and must be considered in the fertilizer program. Note that the liquid lime stands on its own, calcium superfine ground that will go through a 350 sieve.
Sulfur Through Pasture Fertilizers
AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash is formulated with 2 percent sulfur. This is the “fourth major nutrient.” The functions your pasture needs is for the sulfur to be present in both the plant tissue and soil so the benefits of nitrogen and potassium are realized. Legumes and forages, grasses and small grains are higher quality with dense nutrients. There are higher protein and oil levels in the pasture seed and high protein and Vitamin A in pasture forages and legumes. Formulated in the AGGRAND Organic Kelp with Sulfate of Potash without chloride which will damage plant roots.
Organic or Natural Potassium Fertilizers for Pastures
Most of the potassium in soil is unavailable, just the way it is. Over ninety percent. Some is somewhat available but slowly. And the rest is readily available…. dissolved in soil water (water soluble) plus that held on the exchange sites on clay particles (exchangeable K) is considered readily available for plant growth. The exchange sites are found on the surface of clay particles. This is the form of K measured by the routine soil testing procedure.
Fortunately, in pastures the manure is a source of potassium though content does vary with animal type, their feed ration and handling practices. Manure can be analyzed for determination. No need to store and apply, already done for you There is always gratitude.
Perennial forages like bermudagrass and alfalfa are benefited by potassium since it helps reduce the severity of some plant diseases. If the bermudagrass and alfalfa are potassium deficient, the stand in pasture usually does not last as long. Potassium also increases winter hardiness in perennial forages to the point that a cold-sensitive forage species in its own range could handle an abnormally cold winter. How do you loose potassium in pastures? Potassium deficiency will occur in very sandy soils with low organic matter contents because it leaches out, particularly in heavy rainfall. Applications of potassium fertilizers are best, in these conditions, to be smaller apps and more frequently. Since it is one of the three major macronutrients and, of late in synthetic fertilizers is one of the most expensive, we do not want to waste money on pasture potassium that leaches away. Potassium Deficiencies link Pastures are a permaculture ‘crop’ so very little loss or removal of potassium in the grazing situations. Clover vs. grasses in pastures with potassium deficient soils, the grasses are often more efficient in securing potassium.
Plant Hormones, Fulvic and Humic Acids, Amino Acids and More from Naturally Organic Liquid Fertilizers
Kelp concentrate in AGGRAND is derived from Ascophyllum nodosum, a seaweed species grown in the icy North Atlantic Ocean. This pasture fertilizer contains high levels of plant-growth hormones, amino acids, micronutrients and potash. Kelp in general is loaded with micronutrients….. boron, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. When used as a fertilizer, kelp promotes robust and healthy plants by reducing their susceptibility to stress caused by heat, cold and periods of drought. Kelp can also increase plant growth rates, fruit production, size and general quality. The Organic Kelp Fertilizer also contains fulvic and humic acids to release nutrients from the soil, act as chelating agents, aid in foliar and root uptake and stimulate soil microbial activity. As the microbes multiply, they break down organic matter into humus and further nourish the soil as they die. These nutrients are slowly and steadily released and gradually become available to the pasture grasses, legumes and forages.
Phosphorous for Pastures
If you are noticing huge root systems in the grasses, they are likely seeking phosphorous. The AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal offers phosphorous benefits for pasture grasses. The kelp with phosphorous fertilizer is called for in general applications along with the 4-3-3 and kelp, except where moderate to high phosphorous is present (then lime/calcium). Half our clients wing it when they fertilize. The other half come with soil analysis in hand or order one through their local coop or Midwest Laboratories. Deficiencies may actually be nitrogen deficiencies. But they can also look like stunted growth, uncharacteristic dark-green color, yellow due to cold temperatures, a reddish-purple color from abnormal sugar activity.
Phosphorous deficiency is one of the major stresses limiting pasture growth in the entire world because of highly weathered soils. Plants cannot fix the phosphorous in ways they can use. And when you buy a farm with low fertilizer use in the past, the pasture has suffered.
Once looking at the lack of growth and greening, the initial thought is to lime, add calcium. But if the phosphorous is low, liming is not the be-all, definitely not the end-all. The pasture grasses need fed. Particularly beneficial are the liquid fertilizers that are natural and easily available to stressed plant and soil systems. Of the fertilizers, there can be an increase in the fineness of the roots, thus the uptake over the season and longterm with continued use.
AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal is ground more finely than the phosphates used in competing fertilizers. This provides fast- and slow-release phosphorus, becoming more available to plants in a much shorter period and spreading more deeply into plant root zone more quickly than the coarser fertilizers.
Fish Emulsion Fertilizers for Pastures
Last but definitely not least is where the nitrogen of our AGGRAND 4-3-3 comes in. Menhaden fish emulsion not only offers the nitrogen but the phosphorous and potassium. The kelp in our 4-3-3 also adds potassium plus plant-growth hormones, humic acid, fulvic acid, amino aids, micronutrients and more. 4-3-3 holds key to your pasture’s calcium, manganese, iron, several more micronutrients. Without harming your pasture.
Sure, chemical-based fertilizers have high nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels. But their plant-use efficiency can be very low. Chemical fertilizers are also often high in soluble salts. These are toxic to soil bacteria, help create compaction and create nitrification conditions which results in plant stress.
On the better side of the coin, research shows soil treated with AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer demonstrates increased CO2 levels compared to a leading chemical fertilizer, meaning increased bacterial activity for healthier plants (see graph). The CO2 is way up there within 48 hours of applying our liquid fish emulsion fertilizer and remains there, unlike the leading chemical fertilizer which never quite takes off and then drops. Seriously, that is suppose to be the dose of nitrogen for the season. Gives one hope that something grand could happen with AGGRAND then.
The 4-3-3 is the base for your pasture fertilization program. You can start and end with the 4-3-3. A boost of naturally produced nitrogen that will not harm plant or animal, will not create runoff into your ponds and water sources.
One more detail about AGGRAND 4-3-3 from our farmers results….
Robert Benson, West Milford, West Virginia – Benson saves 60 percent using AGGRAND over chemical fertilizer 19-19-19. Saving thousands of dollars a year is big money, especially with the small profit margin any farmer has these days. Grazing more cattle per acre is part of that savings. In the past, Benson grazed 30 cattle on about 150 acres. Since using AGGRAND he now runs 50 head of cattle on the same number of acres. “I actually get that much more hay from each pasture with AGGRAND,” he said. “AGGRAND can save you as much as $10 per acre and it will not burn vegetation. There’s no leeching and no runoff and it won’t pollute rivers. Over the long run, natural fertilizer is much better than chemical fertilizer all around. AGGRAND is a quarter of the cost of the chemical fertilizers. It’s more economical than anything around and it’s organic. Those are the two main things I really like about AGGRAND…… Why would I still be using it after more than 10 years if it didn’t work?”
One more time………
Roy Cusack, Cuero, Texas:::: “This AGGRAND fertilizer really works,” Cusack said, and he knows since he has been diligently applying AGGRAND Natural 4-3-3 to his fields for the past eight years as of 2012. “Right now I have about 1,800 acres, plus some lease land, and run more than 200 mother cows.” One of his best pastures of Jigs Bermuda hay is a 36-acre patch that typically produces 88 big round bales. “This year this same pasture, even with the dry conditions in our area, yielded 139 big round bales for an increase of 58 percent more hay. This happened because we were using the natural AGGRAND fertilizer 4-3-3.” Cusack said he applied the fertilizer after the last cutting at a rate of two gallons of AGGRAND mixed in about 25 gallons of water per acre. “Not only does AGGRAND produce more hay, which is worth a lot of money to me, but it also increases the root development of my grass, improves the nutritional value of this crop, helps to resist the drought that was an issue this year, and builds up the soil quality by increasing the microbial activity and more earthworms in the soil,” Cusack said. “The cost of using AGGRAND is about one third or less of using conventional fertilizers.“
Gotta throw this in too…….
BIODEGRADABLE HYDRAULIC OIL for NATURAL PASTURES
Before we go into Q & As, you need to know about the Biodegradable Hydraulic Oil that is from the same corporation as produces AGGRAND.
Just click image to read here on our site more about this safe lube to use in your pastures. Also available at wholesale prices for members.
And carrying on…..
LIQUID FERTILIZER FOR PASTURES
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS — Pasture Management and Fertilizers for Natural Grazing
“How can the pastures be renovated to use less fertilizers, or become a self-sustaining permaculture?”
We love this thought process. We love permaculture anything. While some fertilizing may need to be done longterm, and some definitely needs done now to establish the soil base needed….. here is the link for renovating pastures. Improving Pastures by Renovation.
“Pasture renovation means “renewing” a pasture by the introduction of desired forage species into present plant stands. It usually involves partially destroying the sod, liming and fertilizing according to soil test, seeding a legume or legume-grass mixture, and controlling weeds.” The link in this paragraph reviews non-bloat species, such as birdsfoot trefoil or lespedeza too.
If you go the route of renovating a standing pasture, email or call us. We are interested, curious, helpful and have the means to make sure your fertilizers are all natural, organic if need be, wholesale and then some, even freight discounts for commercial accounts. Like we said, connect, we are here to help.
Remember, it is not just about top-dressing with phosphorous and potassium. You want liquid fertilizers for pastures that actually feed the soil and create a working soil biology that feeds the pastures. Can do.
“When I use AGGRAND liquid fertilizer for pastures, how long after spraying do we wait to graze the horses?”
Cattle and dairy cows are returned to pasture pretty much when it dries. Farmers report that the cows seem to like the ‘fishy’ taste. Same for horses. The liquid 4-3-3 is fish emulsion with kelp concentrates. The liquid kelp is seaweed concentrate. The lime and bonemeal liquid applications are also natural.
“Where do I go for information on natural grazing and pasture management?”
Depending on the animal on pasture and when it is introduced, compared to others in the same pasture, the permaculture pasture is manageable when we know tendencies and benefits of each animal species.
“Don’t the animals supply nitrogen to the pasture grasses through urine and dung?”
Most pasture grazing falls between these examples. You can look at your pasture grass and know where you are growing on urine nitrogen. Continuously grazed pastures with typical stocking adds a nitrogen application cattle or horse urine at less than one pound per acre a day which is not enough do do more than feed soil microbes and creating little to no grass growth. But the grass will really grow if the cattle or horses are in a new paddock every day the nitrogen fertilizer from urine equals around fifty pounds per acre a day. The dung nitrogen composts into the soil, making it slowly available, whereas the urine nitrogen is immediately available.
Technical Questions on Liquid Fertilizer for Pastures
“AGGRAND natural fertilizers have a lower NPK grade than chemical fertilizers. Does this mean they are less effective than chemical fertilizers?”
Plant nutrient efficiency can be very low with many chemical fertilizers and the rest becomes run-off that can contaminate surface and groundwater. The result of runoff means not all the fertilizer you are adding will go to the pasture. You need to know what is going to be available for your pasture. Tests demonstrate that AGGRAND products stimulate the soil microbial activity that helps process nutrients, making them more available to plants. That is why AGGRAND uses lower grades on their NPK, they don’t need more.
“My CEC is low in the pasture. So what does that mean?”
The CECs in your soil analysis are usually for calcium. Your cation exchange capacity (CEC) is part of the calcium equation for soil in checking if the ion is electrically charged? Are the calcium nutrients dissolved? Can plants uptake the nutrients? Example, if your CEC is 18 and your calcium ppm is 910 instead of the optimum 2340, then your CEC is low and you need to add calcium or limestone. Here is a soil analysis chart to find the level of calcium your soil needs in parts per million. If your calcium level is below the level on the chart that corresponds to your CEC, subtract your level from the chart’s level. Take the remainder and multiply it by 4. The answer is the amount of calcium that should be applied per acre. For smaller areas, divide that answer by 43 to determine how much of the amendment to apply per 1,000 square feet. If your optimum level, then calcium is sufficient but micronutrients may be really low. Consider the liquid 4-3-3 fish emulsion with kelp and liquid seaweed / kelp concentrate for micronutrients too. Email or call for support and deciding how much liquid lime you need to apply.
Soil CEC . . . . . . Optimum Ca Level (ppm)
30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3900
29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3770
28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3640
27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3510
26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3380
25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3250
24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3120
23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2990
22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2860
21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2730
20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2600
19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2470
18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2340
17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2210
16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2080
15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1950
14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1820
13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1690
12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1560
11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1430
10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1300
9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1170
8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1040
7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .910
6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 708
5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 650
4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 520
“If the organic matter is low in the pasture and we cannot till an established pasture, then what?”
You can add AGGRAND 4-3-3, AGGRAND liquid Kelp and AGGRAND Bonemeal to begin with. They are liquid and already dissolved, better than composted when it comes to supplying the organic matter because the nutrients the earth in your pasture needs is established in a form that can be readily absorbed.
When organic matter is low it creates a non-aerated soil because the passing through of water, air, nutrients is lessened, if not backed up altogether. The organic matter supplies carbon and plant nutrients. These are necessary for all living things. The carbon stimulates proliferation of microbes like fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes and algae, plus earthworms and other creatures living in the soil. These microbes secrete organic acids that release nutrients from soil particles by etching their surfaces, and they also secrete polysaccharides that glue soil particles into stable aggregates. The end result of prolific microbial activity is improved soil structure and air penetration.
In cultivated ground, the use of cover crops, return of crop residue, addition of compost and/or composted manure and practices that maintain organic matter on the surface of the soil all increase organic matter levels. In established or permaculture pastures, these practices become limited except for depositing on top of grasses and mowing, spraying with compost teas and manure teas.
But the application of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 stimulates microbial and earthworm activity by supplying carbon and a balanced array of other nutrients. It also contains concentrated humus and other synergistic compounds that release nutrients and chelate other nutrients, making them available for microbial growth and plant uptake. Soil and foliar applications of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer in spring and fall are beneficial in promoting the processes that break down organic matter into humus and make nutrients available.
“Soil pH is low. Do I need liquid lime on the pasture?”
The low pH is a sign of a deficiency, most likely calcium. AGGRAND Liquid Lime is designed to temporarily add calcium to soil. Calcium does this — regulates opening and closing of leaf pores — removes toxins from tissue — contributes to development of shoots and roots, making the grasses and legumes more resistant to unwelcome invaders, resistant to drought and winter conditions, disease and virus resistant.
Liquid Lime — Pasture Questions
“Do we always need to use lime for pastures. If not, what is the other choice?”
Feeding the pastures is the choice. The lime is simply to manage a calcium deficiency anyway. Our AGGRAND 4-3-3 offers nutrients that include the calcium that our liquid lime provides. If your pasture soil does not have a calcium deficiency then feeding the liquid 4-3-3, the liquid kelp and liquid bonemeal in complementary mixes will be extremely beneficial.
Pasture fertilizer prices…..
“Organic pasture fertilizer was expensive last year. Why is AGGRAND so affordable?”
AGGRAND is affordable in a few ways. Mostly by remaining biobased and organic. Please contact us for a retail / wholesale price list.
- Direct price – you are purchasing a natural resource, not a chemical-based patent. Or one that applies nitrogen created from the leftovers of bombs after the war and carried on to the present, very unnatural indeed. AGGRAND packaging is simple. Wholesale pricing is available for everyone.
- There is no waste – meaning no runoff of the fertilizers you apply. Readily available nutrients to bind to roots and feed grasses and legumes. Wherever some of the fertilizer moves to if rainfall occurs soon after application, that area benefits as well and there is never contamination.
- Indirectly – the benefits are long-lasting, not weekly or monthly. Every application made creates a master soil and pasture that begins to feed itself. With other fertilizers, you are locked in to their system of need, never-ending, and the creation of essentially dead soil that needs fake nutrition to create pasture grasses for your animals to forage. AGGRAND creates healthy vegetation and therefore healthy animals.
“The estimate I had on pasture fertilizer this year was $15,000 and I was sick. What is the average cost per acre with AGGRAND fertilizers?”
100 acres of pasture drops respectively due to less cost per gallon. Depending on how many gallons you apply per acre, for our base liquid fertilizer the price is approximately $22 per acre (at one gallon per acre) when ordering a lower volume. Approximately $17 per acre (at one gallon per acre) when ordering the 55-gallon drum. The 275-gallon tote also drops the price per acre respectively.
- 20 acres of pasture at around $28 Applying one gallon 4-3-3 (appx $21/ac) plus one quart liquid kelp (appx $7/ac )
- 220 acres at around $23 an acre. Applying one gallon liquid 4-3-3 (appx $17/ac ) plus one quart liquid kelp (appx $6/ac)
Fertilizer Applications for Old Pastures
“There hasn’t been fertilizers used on this farm for over twenty years and it shows.”
When you begin combining pasture management strategies with our liquid fertilizers and liquid lime it s possible to quickly make a difference in yield and sustenance for the grazers. Often said, you really will need to get a soil test analysis to discover the nutrient levels and if the pH value or acidity is appropriate for our pasture grasses and/or legumes. We have many experiences from farmers who took over a farm that had never been fertilized or who dared to begin pasture in a field they had not used previously. If these FARM FERTILIZER RESULTS do not broke some confidence in AGGRAND, then we don’t know what will. Since we are not farmers, the experiences of others is whee we key into the AGGRAND benefits and yields that expose the truth year after year.
“So what do you have for our dairy pasture in organic NOP-certified?”
AGGRAND has two liquid fertilizers that will pass with your agent, but as always, check first.
- Our 4-3-3 is formulated with OMRI-Listed ingredients and is NOP-certified. You want the Organic Series 4-3-3. Through this link you will find the certifications. In organic, as you know, the 4-3-3 means readily available. This is liquid concentrate fish emulsion with concentrate kelp, sulfate of potash (sulfur and potassium) and rock phosphate. Everything is superfine ground and 100 percent goes through 300 sieve.
- AGGRAND Organic Series Liquid Kelp Fertilizer 0-0-8 is Certified Organic too. The seaweed concentrate also contains sulfate of potash which adds 2 percent sulfur, the fourth major nutrient. Between the potash and kelp, it has 8 percent potassium. There is no chloride present that can damage roots. There are plant hormones, amino acids, fulvic acid, humic acid and more. The certifications can be found at the link in this paragraph.
- Notable: For those who are ‘Certified Naturally Grown’ or are attempting to grow as naturally as possible, then the Liquid Natural Organic Fertilizer 4-3-3 is USDA Biobased. The Liquid Lime is all natural. The Liquid Bonemeal is all natural.
If you have questions or need support in making your AGGRAND decisions, email or call. We answer the phone quite often, really. Thanks for checking out this information on liquid fertilizer for pastures, be it organic or natural fertilizer. We have both and it is all liquid. So you hit your mark.