Nitrogen in autumn

Pasture responses to N in autumn are often less than those in spring due to low soil moisture and high soil N, both as a consequence of  the dry summer.

Nitrogen fertiliser can be applied when the pasture is actively growing to assist in filling feed gaps, but the potential response should always be compared to the cost of buying the same feed.

Watch this short video featuring University of Melbourne nitrogen expert, Professor Richard Eckard, explains pasture response to N in autumn.

Download the 'Nitrogen in autumn' fact sheet

Key messages

  • Pasture responses to N in autumn are often less than those in spring due to low soil moisture and high soil N, both as a consequence of the dry summer
  • Nitrogen fertiliser can assist in filling feed gaps when applied on actively growing pasture
  • Apply N at rates of 20–50 kg N/ha per application, no closer than 21 to 28 days apart when the pasture is actively growing and can utilise the N