Forage crops are an integral part of livestock production systems, where winter feed can be the largest annual production cost on ranching operations. Improvements in forage production through improved soil fertility practices have the potential to increase income and reduce livestock production costs.
This bulletin focuses on using legumes or other sources of nitrogen for established perennial forage stands. Newly seeded perennial stands and annual forage crops require slightly different nitrogen management and are discussed briefly. Soil phosphorus, potassium, sulfur and mcironutrient management practices for forage crops are presented in EB0217.