I am going to be putting out 30 acres of mixed hay. Some will be...

Asked June 12, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

I am going to be putting out 30 acres of mixed hay. Some will be Alfalfa/Orchard grass and the other will be grass mixed. My first question is it still a good practice to apply lime before the seeding is planted? A couple of articles I have read say it can hurt the seeding if not applied a year in advance. My second question is it beneficial to apply fine ground lime to an established hay field? Thanks, Robert

Lorain County Ohio

1 Response

Lots of good questions, fortunately, we at OSU have plenty of how-to information available for you on this topic. As far as fertility for hay and pastures it starts with a current soil test. You can pick one up from your local OSU Extension office. Usually these tests provide detailed recommodations/ guidelines based on the Lab used. If not the following sources of information from OSU do: http://ohioline.osu.edu/anr-fact/0005.html Purchasing Nutrients for Hay and Forage Crops http://ohioline.osu.edu/anr-fact/0009.html Understanding Value in Lime Anything not provided in these two publication can be obtained from the OSU Extension, Ohio Agronomy Guide, Bulletin 472.
This bulletin can be purchased at Ohio State University Extension's eStore at
Hope this helps. Thanks Clif