Potassium for Clover Growth

All plants and animals need potassium (K) for growth – it’s an essential nutrient.

All plants and animals need potassium (K) for growth – it’s an essential nutrient. The challenge with pasture, is that perennial grasses are better than clover at extracting K from the soil. As a result, when soil K levels are low, grasses can outcompete clovers, leaving them susceptible to K deficiency and poor growth. So making sure your farm has adequate K nutrition will help improve the clover content of your pastures and increase overall pasture production.

 

 

 

Potassium Deficiency
DIAGNOSING DEFICIENCY

 

Potassium deficiency is more common than you’d think. Soil and herbage testing are the best ways to diagnose a deficiency. K-deficient clovers typically have speckling around the leaf margin, with deficiencies showing on older leaves first.

 


DEFICIENCY IS COMMON

 

 

Potassium Benefits
THE BENEFITS ARE CLEAR

 

Dairy – When soil K levels are within the optimum range, pasture production is better. Having enough good-quality feed helps keep the herd in better condition which may help to support milk production.
Sheep and beef – Good-quality feed will help get sheep and cattle into the best condition for mating which supports in lamb and in calf percentages. Feed quality in spring supports healthy milk production.
Hay and silage – Hay and silage can easily remove in excess of 20kg K/tonne DM, so it is important that this is replaced after harvesting to ensure pasture production is not compromised.

 

Potassium Benefits
SURPRISINGLY AFFORDABLE

 

As a rule, potassium is not an expensive nutrient. Like all nutrients, the price can fluctuate. However, on a dollar-per-kilo basis, it’s usually surprisingly affordable.

 

 

Learn More

Click here to download our information PDF on Potassium to learn more.