Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

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Nitrogen for pastures


Pastures, Nitrogen fertilizers

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The use of nitrogen (N) fertilisers on cereals has long been recognised and accepted as an economic farm practice. It is only more recently that the use of fertiliser nitrogen has been considered for pasture and fodder production, mainly on wholemilk and butterfat farms in the South-West. The high quality feed produced may be substituted for concentrates or conserved fodder. Large increases in seasonal production have been reported.

Because nitrogen fertiliser is expensive, has a short-term effect, and can affect the clover content of pastures, a series of field experiments were conducted in 1973 to examine the role of nitrogen in the farm system in higher rainfall areas.