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2nd Cut Silage

2nd Cut Silage Farming Note

When a cold spring has resulted in a poor 1st cut grass silage, 2nd cut silage yields need to be high to compensate and guarantee enough feed for the winter. Fertiliser application is one method to maximise the amount of grass available for 2nd cut silage production, particularly where soils are deficient. As 2nd cut silage is more expensive than 1st cut, making the best use of slurry should be aimed for to reduce the levels of expensive fertiliser required.  

This Farming Note covers:

  • Assessing how much 2nd cut silage you will need
  • Response to nitrogen fertiliser
  • Phosphate and potash recommendations
  • Sulphur deficiencies
  • Making use of slurry

Issued May 2006.

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Since 1991 Kingshay has been publishing Farming Notes on issues critical to the success of a modern dairy farm business. These briefings provide dairy farmers, large animal vets, farm consultants and other interested parties with the most important and timely information in a concise two-page format. The information contained in our Farming Notes is written and updated by our experts to ensure accuracy and save you time.

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