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To ensure forage crops get adequate nutrition for optimal growth, maintaining good fertility from one season to the next is critical—whether you grow for grazing or cutting. Forages absorb large amounts of all nutrients, making nutrient management a key part of a successful season. Consider using nutrient use efficiency products alongside fertilizer applications to improve plant uptake and help reduce the loss of applied nutrients.


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    Ask a Specialist

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    Broadcast

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    Fertigation

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    Foliar

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    In-Furrow

  • Post-harvest

    Post-harvest

  • Seed Treatments & Inoculants

    Seed Treatments & Inoculants


  • Aqua-Pam™

    Aqua-Pam™ is a soil surfactant and water retention aid that improves soil structure, water supply to roots and nutrient use efficiency.

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  • AVAIL®

    AVAIL® Phosphorus Fertilizer Enhancer reduces the fixation of applied phosphorus, keeping more available for plant uptake and improving fertilizer ROI.

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  • AVAIL® HV

    AVAIL® Phosphorus Fertilizer Enhancer reduces the fixation of applied phosphorus, keeping more available for plant uptake and improving fertilizer ROI.

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  • AVAIL® T5

    AVAIL® T5 Phosphorus Fertilizer Enhancer reduces the fixation of applied phosphorus, keeping more available for plant uptake and improving fertilizer ROI.

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    • In-Furrow
    • Post-harvest
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  • CITRON®

    CITRON® Water Herbicide Adjuvant boosts herbicide efficiency and can be used in conjunction with most contact herbicides.

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  • Diamond Brand® Ferrous Sulfate

    Diamond Brand® Ferrous Sulfate is produced to meet exact specifications for quality and consistency in plant health technologies.

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  • Fungi-Phite® Cereals

    Fungi-Phite® Cereals is a fast-acting, flexible phosphite fungicide proven to fight and prevent fusarium head blight in wheat and barley crops.

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    • Fertigation
    • Foliar
    • In-Furrow
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  • More Than Manure®

    More Than Manure® Nutrient Manager reduces farm odors while protecting your manure’s phosphorus and nitrogen for improved plant uptake.

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  • N-Dure™

    N-Dure™ is one of the most economical planter box inoculants on the market, improving nitrogen fixation in alfalfa, soybeans and other legumes.

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  • NUE-Charge® G

    NUE-Charge® G provides long-lasting protection of treated granular nitrogen fertilizers, enhancing nitrogen use efficiency.

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    • Fertigation
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  • Nutri-Phite®

    By slowing the oxidation of phosphorus, Nutri-Phite® enhances nutrient uptake to improve plant health and vigor, leading to increased yield potential.

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  • NutriSphere-N®

    NutriSphere-N® Nitrogen Fertilizer Manager keeps more nitrogen available for plant uptake and inhibits all three forms of N loss.

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  • NutriSphere-N® HV

    NutriSphere-N® Nitrogen Fertilizer Manager keeps more nitrogen available for plant uptake and inhibits all three forms of N loss.

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  • PolyAmines

    PolyAmines are amino acid chelated micronutrients designed to prevent or correct trace element deficiencies at all stages of plant growth.

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    • Foliar
    • In-Furrow
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  • Pre-Vail™

    Pre-Vail™ is a clay-based pre-inoculant designed to improve early seedling vigor through increased root development and nodulation.

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  • Primacy ALPHA®

    Primacy ALPHA® works inside the plant to stimulate the efficient assimilation and utilization of nutrients for a more consistent quality and yield in flowering and fruit size.

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    • Fertigation
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  • Take Off®

    Take Off® is a revolutionary nitrogen-management technology that accelerates nutrient acquisition and assimilation as well as nitrogen use efficiency.

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    • Foliar
    • In-Furrow
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  • Take Off® LS

    Take Off® LS is a revolutionary nitrogen-management technology that accelerates nutrient acquisition and assimilation as well as nitrogen use efficiency.

    • Fertigation
    • Foliar
    • In-Furrow
    • Post-harvest
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  • Take Off® ST

    Take Off ST® is a seed treatment that helps growers maximize yield potential by accelerating germination, emergence and nitrogen uptake.

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Key Considerations for Forage Crops


Nutrient Management & Plant Growth

Crop nutrition is incredibly important for forage production. Forages are typically used in rotation as cover crops to help with soil nutrition in the following seasons, and some forages (especially alfalfa) require a resting period between seasons. Forages absorb a lot of nutrients from the soil, making fertility management critical before, during, and after the season. To maximize crop performance, consider using nutrient use efficiency products to prevent loss or leaching of applied fertilizer.

Pest Control & Other Growing Requirements

Forages are susceptible to weeds, disease and pests. Fortunately, disease can be managed with crop rotation and fungicides. Crop rotation is another key element of improving yields and preventing weeds and chemical residue. If herbicides are required for weed control, they should be applied early in the season.

Water & Soil Requirements

Soil preference varies greatly from one forage crop to another. For example, alfalfa does not do well in poorly-drained soils, while other forages may thrive. It’s important to research the best type of forage for your farm’s soil type.


Key Nutrients


  • Nitrogen — Some forage crops (like alfalfa) regulate their own nitrogen, while others require it to be plentiful in-season.
  • Potassium — Needed in very large quantities and commonly applied to the field, potassium is required for crop growth and standability.
  • Phosphorus — Phosphorus increases nutrient efficiency and standability, and is required in large amounts by most forage crops.
  • Micronutrients — Micronutrients are important for growth, but some can damage certain forages when overapplied. It’s important to do a soil test before committing to a micronutrient plan.

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