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Effect of Fertilizer on Yield of Native Grass

Eddie Funderburg, Ed.D. Jon Biermacher, Ph.D.

By Eddie Funderburg, Ed.D., Senior Soils and Crops Consultant
and Jon Biermacher, Ph.D., Professor

Posted Feb. 13, 2012

Fertilization of native grass fields is generally not recommended in the Southern Great Plains region of the United States. The primary reason for not fertilizing native grass is the belief that the benefit of fertilization is outweighed by the fertilizer and application costs. Native grass plant communities contain a mixture of grass, broadleaf and woody perennial plant species, and compose a large percentage of the forage base in this area.

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