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#3198721 - 03/20/13 07:42 PM Fertilizer question
Bone Collector
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A few weeks ago i did a soil test and found out that I didn't need any lime in the areas I was going to plant clover. I was going to frost seed it, but it has taken me until tonight to get all three plots planted.

The problem is I went straight from work to my land and forgot my 15-15-15 fertilizer. I went ahead and put the seed down and still have plenty enough to seed it again, but

If I fertilize it this weekend will that work or will I have to try to do it again at next frost to get it in all at once?
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#3198727 - 03/20/13 07:48 PM Re: Fertilizer question [Re: Bone Collector]
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Shouldnt be putting 15-15-15 on clover. That nitrogen will promote grasses. Was your soil test fertilizer recommendation for legume establishment or something else?
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#3198730 - 03/20/13 07:52 PM Re: Fertilizer question [Re: smstone22]
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it was for Clover. and they said I needed Nitrogen. I had a PH of 7.7
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#3198737 - 03/20/13 08:02 PM Re: Fertilizer question [Re: Bone Collector]
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Now of course I have a second question. if not triple 15 then what?
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#3198889 - 03/20/13 10:37 PM Re: Fertilizer question [Re: Bone Collector]
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It is possible N was recommended because clover doesnt start producing its own N until it nodulates therefore clover could use some N during that initial period but weeds could also use that N so I just prefer not to give any N. Something like 0-20-20 would be good, the numbers dont matter though as long as you add the proper pounds per acre of N-P-K. Alot of people go with 6-12-12 because its readily available but of course that does give you some N.
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#3198952 - 03/21/13 05:48 AM Re: Fertilizer question [Re: smstone22]
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0-20-20
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#3198977 - 03/21/13 06:43 AM Re: Fertilizer question [Re: tickweed]
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0-20-20 is supposedly hard to find and expensive. I will check Co-Op and see if they have it.

thanks,
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#3199406 - 03/21/13 12:27 PM Re: Fertilizer question [Re: Bone Collector]
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Putting the fertilize out after sowing the seed will work fine. Fertilize leeches into the soil with rain - lime on the other hand doesn't move so much after the initial application and should be disked in before planting.

I've read that it's a good idea to use a low Nitrogen fertilize when you 1st plant clover to give it a jump start. After the 1st year, a zero Nitrogne fertilize is best. I usually use 6-12-12 because of the price but honestly I've been rethinking this. I could get 6-12-12 for about $13/bag where 0-24-24 cost about $23. You only need half the amount of the 0-24-24 but it costs less than twice as much. In other words it'c cheaper AND you aren't giveing the weeds and grass any nitrogen.

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#3199585 - 03/21/13 02:32 PM Re: Fertilizer question [Re: Hunter 257W]
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Problem is I didn't plant all 3 areas at once. Only on the last area did I forget the fertilizer, so two areas I put out 15-15-15. even if I get the 0-24-24, it will only be in one area.....

Edited by Bone Collector (03/21/13 02:33 PM)
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#3199592 - 03/21/13 02:39 PM Re: Fertilizer question [Re: Bone Collector]
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Just listen to your co-op people. They know whats up. A little N for clovers first few weeks doesn't hurt. It takes a while before it does start producing its on N.
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