As livestock owners and hay growers struggle to meet demands for the upcoming 2013 season, anxiety is high and profits are expected to be low. But, smart farmers will be able to make 2013 a banner year – they just have to know the right formula to take advantage of current and expected market demands. Those that can maintain or increase their yields and the quality of their hay while keeping costs down will be the ones standing when the dust settles.
Costs Rising, Supply Dwindling, Farmers Hurting
With fuel and chemical fertilizer prices still very high and chronic drought causing significant decreases in yield over this past season (and likely into the next), hay prices are climbing sharply as are the costs for hay producers. At 119 million tons, 2012 hay production was the lowest in over a half century. And, since pastures didn’t produce well either, more of last year’s production was consumed for 2012 livestock feeding.
Obviously, that means even less hay stores available this year to feed livestock until the first 2013 cuttings come in. Demand is extremely high while supply is very low, creating a doubling in hay prices from just a year ago, with speculation that prices will climb even higher. To make matters worse, those who might consider NOT purchasing hay for their animals and instead trying to boost pasture production sit between a rock and a hard place.
Because fuel and fertilizer costs are high and last years drought puts them at a disadvantage for growing anything this spring, the cost to produce decent pasture yield via traditional methods could be as much or more than buying the hay outright. So, what are livestock owners and hay growers to do?
How can they turn a dismal looking season into a banner year?
Taking Full Advantage of Stellar Hay Prices
The high price of hay can be seen as a blessing or a curse, depending upon which side of the fence you fall on. If your yields suffer and you end up needing to purchase hay for your animals, those high prices will be a real sap on 2013 profits. But, if you can improve your yields and maintain high quality while possibly reducing costs, you could make a killing this year.
Even those who don’t typically grow hay for sale might be well served to change their perspective this year. If they can generate more than enough yield for their own animals and possibly to help out their neighbors a bit as well, whatever yield they gain over and above that will be like “liquid gold” this year.
The extra profits they generate this year on that additional yield could be just the boost their farm needs to sustain itself through what could be some tough years coming. It’s certainly worth thinking about, anyway.
Even if You DON’T Sell Hay
High hay, fuel & fertilizer prices may still benefit you because they ALL mean high feed prices which will, ultimately, push up the price of milk and meat. Thus, if you can keep your animals well fed on quality hay and pasture grass without raising your costs, you should reap the benefits when it comes time to sell your meat or milk.
AGGRAND Hay Fertilizer is Cheap, Easy & Effective
GGRAND liquid organic hay fertilizer offers tremendous growth, health and stress resistance benefits while remaining extremely cost effective, even as chemical fertilizer prices continue to rise based on crude oil increases. The liquid nature of the products makes them very versatile and easily combined with other liquid inputs such as our liquid lime to save extra trips over your fields and the fuel expenses that go along with them.
Blend AGGRAND liquid lime and liquid fertilizer
to address pH & nutrient needs in a single convenient application.
Typically, the application rates of AGGRAND liquid organic fertilizer for hay, meadows and pasture are the lowest of any “crop”. The following app rates/schedules are based upon an AVERAGE soil profile.
For most northern and transitional pasture grasses such as Fescues, Timothy, Orchard Grass and such, 1 gallon to 1½ gallons of our fish/kelp fertilizer per acre per application will provide good results. For southern grasses such as Coastal Bermuda, it may be necessary to go a little heavier at about 2 to 3 gallons per acre per application. However, often 1 – 1½ gallons per acre per application is still sufficient, even for southern grasses.
Convenient Liquid Lime for Low pH & Low Calcium
Blending in 1 gallon per acre of our liquid lime generally provides sufficient pH buffering and available calcium to grow excellent stands of grass even in low pH soils and/or those that have low calcium availability. Dry lime can be used for a long-term acid neutralizer while our liquid lime is used in the interim. Alternatively, dry lime can be eliminated altogether and our liquid lime applied at each fertilization to buffer low soil pH temporarily for maximum fertilizer efficiency and growth.
How Many Applications Do You Need?
We generally recommend 1 hay fertilizer application in the early portion of the season, with another application after each cutting or grazing period. Of course, if you’re not applying your current fertilizer this often (maybe you’re only applying twice per season), it likely will not be necessary for you to apply the AGGRAND product this often. Simply apply the AGGRAND as often as you apply your current fertilizer.
Yield should be in excess of the yields offered by your current fertilizer. In some cases yields are as much as double. Many AGGRAND customers see an extra cutting each season beyond what they saw with their previous fertilizer regimen.
User Testimonials and Independent Research
Obviously, I can tell you all sorts of things about the AGGRAND product to try and convince you that it’s the best thing since sliced bread, but, in the end, it would be great to know what OTHER people say about it. So, why don’t we take a look at what others have to say:
Increased Yield Means Increased Profits
As long as you don’t have to spend more to get it, anytime you can increase your yield, you’re sure to see an increase in profits (especially in a year when hay prices are so high). So, if I can help you increase your yields, without increasing your costs, then I can effectively increase your profits. And, I promise you that I CAN increase your yields.
AGGRAND fertilizer products offer more steady and consistent growth under most all growing conditions. It is common for hay growers to see increased yield per cutting when using AGGRAND fertilizers, in addition to a greater likelihood of an additional cutting or two throughout the growing season.
More Leaf Means More Yield and Better Quality
AGGRAND fertilizers provide you with a much leafier hay than you get using chemical fertilizers. Of course, this can increase your drying times, but, it will also increase your overall yield AND will potentially increase the price you can charge for your hay.
Since 60 percent of Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN), 70 percent of the protein and 90 percent of the vitamins are found in the LEAF of the hay, rather than the stem, the more leaf your customers are getting, the more nutrition their animals are getting.
And, since AGGRAND fertilizers provide for a much better plant nutrient profile to begin with, the benefit of a leafy hay is only that much greater. When your customers see the dramatic improvement in the quality of your hay, they will be more loyal to you and even potentially willing to pay a premium for your hay over someone else’s.
Minimize Mold & Mildew Problems
AGGRAND fertilizers tend to raise the BRIX levels of any plant they are applied to. Higher BRIX means a healthier plant which is much more able to withstand stressful conditions (and offers more nutrition to the animals eating that plant). It also means a greater resistance to mold and mildew both prior to and after a cutting while waiting for the hay to dry.
Once again, this means higher quality for your customers (if you’re selling your hay) or higher quality hay for your own animals if it’s for your own use. Higher quality, more nutritious hay means that animals have to eat less to get the same nutrition, saving you money.
Improved Animal Health = Greater Profits
Whether you own animals or sell hay to those who do, improved animal health means increased profits for both of you. For those who own animals, improved animal health means lower vet and medication bills and minimal losses from animal mortality. For those who SELL hay to those that own animals, better animal health means increased customer loyalty and a willingness to pay a premium for your hay, meaning higher profits and more stability to your business.
Fertilizer for Hay – $15 per Acre per App
With chemical fertilizer prices remaining stubbornly high, it’s nice to know that an effective all-natural alternative is available at such an affordable price. Many hay farmers have come to me indicating they are spending $50 – $75 per acre per application for chemical fertilizer applications to their hay fields and pasture areas. That’s insane (and unnecessary).
At dealer/commercial account prices, it is entirely possible to fertilize your property for as little as $15 per acre per application. Blend our liquid fertilizer and our liquid lime together in the same application and you can address your pH issues without ever having to touch another ton of dusty, slow-acting ag lime (while saving all of the fuel required to apply it as well).
This 1-2 punch combination has worked exceptionally well for countless hay farmers and livestock owners who care for pasture land. You owe it to yourself to at least investigate AGGRAND products and their potential to save you money AND increase the health of your or your customers’ animals.
How Much Did This Guy Spend on Chemicals?
The guy in the video below doesn’t have much of a hay field to fertilize, and, if he’s like alot of smaller, part-time farmers these days, he probably doesn’t have a whole lot of extra resources to be buying fertilizer either, but at least he’s giving it a shot. Too bad he didn’t know about AGGRAND.
How much do you think he paid for this chemical fertilizer when this video was initially posted to Youtube? How much do you think he’d pay now? How much 12 months from now?
Well, in its July 7th, 2011 report, the Agricultural Market Service reported fertilizer contract prices for fall delivery as $814 per ton for anhydrous ammonia, $688 per ton for Diammonium Phosphate (DAP), and $627 per ton for potash. The guy fertilizing his hay fields in the video said he put about 250 pounds on one field and about 750 on another, amounting to a 1/2 ton of 24-12-18 (the NPK ratio shown on his fertilizer bags in the video).
So, that’s .12 tons of Ammonia ($98) + .06 tons of Phosphate ($38) + .09 tons of Potash ($56) = $192 for 5.5 acres of hay fields. But he probably didn’t pay that, because he wasn’t purchasing his fertilizer by the ton. In fact, my local TSC (Tractor Supply Company) sells 50 pound fertilizer bags of various similar NPK analyses for about $25. You’d need 20 bags to get to 1,000 pounds. That’s $500.
Even if he got half off for buying so many bags (which is HIGHLY unlikely), he’d still have paid $250 for his fertilizer. Using AGGRAND Organic Fertilizer for hay would generally run about $150 for a low volume purchase like this to cover 5.5 acres. That’s nearly half off. It’s even 20% off the “by the ton” prices, and chances are he didn’t pay that $192 pricetag, or even the $250 estimate. I’d “bet the farm” that he paid considerably more.
Of course, it’s equally important to note that the $150 pricetag for the AGGRAND organic fertilizer is not all that much different than what he would have paid for it 15 years ago when I started selling AGGRAND. Who can say that about their chemical fertilizer? How much more will he pay next year for that same fertilizer? Chances are, AGGRAND will be pretty close to the same price.
AGGRAND Liquid Lime Application
Using our AGGRAND Liquid Lime allows you to get the greatest result from your fertilization methods by making sure that pH problems do not get in the way. Studies show that once soil pH levels drop below 6.5 fertilizer effectiveness starts dropping like a stone. Below 6.0 and efficiency losses are significant.
Soil pH values below 5.5 can result in fertilizer efficiency drops of 50% or more, so this is a SIGNIFICANT issue, and the longer it takes to get your pH in order, the longer you’ll be throwing your money away on fertilizer that’s not fully doing it’s job. Since AGGRAND liquid lime quickly buffers your soil pH over the short term, it allows your fertilizer application to be much more effective, even though soil pH is not greatly affected in the long term.
Of course, since it is in liquid form, there is no dust and the product can be mixed with our liquid fertilizer for hay, which avoids the necessity of separate applications of fertilizer and lime.
Although AGGRAND liquid lime could be used as a direct replacement for ag lime, it would require an astronomical amount of product to affect a significant, long-term pH adjustment (although it would still raise the pH much more quickly than a dry ag lime). This is not typically how AGGRAND liquid lime is used, however.
More often farmers will use our liquid lime as a temporary “buffer” which “fools” the plant into believing that pH levels are where they should be, when in fact they have not changed much at all. The beauty of this method is that the same “end goal” is achieved (excellent plant growth with minimal fertilizer application) with minimal effort and expense.
It is possible to achieve this “soil buffering” with only 1 gallon of liquid lime applied at each fertilization, thereby maintaining the efficiency of each and every fertilization without the mess and expense of an additional dry lime application (and the “wait time” to actually see the pH change).
Get More Info and a Wholesale Buying Account
If the benefits I’ve outlined on this page have sparked an interest in you (even if you’re still a skeptic), I encourage you to fill out the form found at the link below to receive more information and to register your wholesale buying account. I will immediately get your information entered into the system and get you an account number to place your wholesale “test order”.
Even if the AGGRAND product turns out to be a “flop”, you won’t be out anything.
You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Fuel and conventional fertilizer prices are still high and could easily spike again. Minimize the effect these issues can have on your profits. Improve the health of your animals (or those of your hay customers). Reduce expenses.
Let me help you do it.
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