Potassium for a clover boost

All plants and animals need potassium (K) for growth. It’s particularly important for optimising your pasture.

The challenge with potassium (K) is that perennial grasses are better than clover at extracting it 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. Ensuring your farm has adequate K nutrition will help improve the clover content of your pasture and increase overall pasture production.

For more information about the benefits of potassium, chat to your Nutrient Specialist.

Whats the benefit of increasing my Quick Test (QT) K from 3 to 5?



Potassium 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 (see below).




The percentage of farmers with potassium defiecencies from 2009-2015, based on Quick Test K soil tests


Potassium Benefits


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


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.



Product (Nutrient)

Please note: prices as at 25/1/17

For more information about the benefits of potassium, chat to your Nutrient Specialist.