Crop Inputs: Fertilizers
An important part of efficient livestock production is ensuring there is sufficient grass for both hay and pasture. However, low soil nutrient levels often limit forage production. With good soil fertility and fertilizer management, the productivity of many hay and pasture fields can be greatly improved.
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship promotes using the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place. Following the 4Rs can help increase yields and profitability while protecting the environment and improving sustainability. Your crops will thrive from receiving proper nutrition more efficiently.
Plants need nutrients in order to grow on a farm. Nutrients such as carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen are always available to plants. Unfortunately, nutrients that the plants also need such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium can run out. To put more of these nutrients back into the soil many farmers will add fertilizers. Replacing these nutrients back into the soil with fertilizers can help the growth of the plant, which then increases the crop yield on the farm.
Because insects make up 3/4 of all species on earth, they can be a big problem on a farm. Insects such as worms and beetles can infest a crop and destroy it. To keep this from happening many farmers will spray their crops with insecticides. Insecticides are strong chemicals that will kill the insects that will harm the crop without killing the actual crop.
One of the biggest concerns for farmers is weed control. When weeds grow in farmland they can damage the crops and decrease the crop yield of the farm. To get rid of the weeds without killing the crop many farmers spray their fields with herbicides. Herbicides are also made up of strong chemicals.
One of the most often discussed, misunderstood and argued topics in the forage production feed chain is the use of silage inoculants. These inoculants facilitate control of the fermentation process and help maintain a high nutritional value of the ensiled forage which ultimately translates into improved animal performance and profitable Dairy Farming.
Insecticides are strong chemicals that will kill the insects that will harm the crop without killing the actual crop.
In a nutshell, silage inoculants work by shifting silage fermentation in a direction that better preserves the crop.
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