Home > News > Southern Forage Producers Face Fertilizer, Drought Challenge

Drought has been a major challenge for all ag producers in the southern Plains in the last year, and new market dynamics could compound the challenge moving into the bulk of the 2021 growing season for forage growers and ranchers. Fertilizer costs have skyrocketed in the last few months, a call for hay and forage growers to be extra vigilant when it comes to applying nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium to their crops this year. That’s especially true on droughted acres where output may already be facing shortfalls because of the moisture deficit. One alternative for haymakers: Seek out alternative nutrient sources like poultry litter or livestock manure if they’re readily available. If doing so, be sure to connect with local forage specialists to ensure you’re providing the right nutrition for your forage crops. See more on the developing situation.


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