On Your Pastures, Which Type Of Fertilizer Is Better To Use-Liquid Or Solid?

We will refer to fertilizer as any substance that is applied directly to plants or to the soil. It is also important to note that fertilizers can also be used on organic farms.

Fertilizers in Granular or Dry Form

Granular fertilizer refers to dry or solid fertilizer. However, granules are the most common form of dry fertilizers that are available on the market. Granular fertilizer allows for a greater variety of mix-ins. Mixing different fertilizers together can create fertilizer blends (while ensuring the right ratio). To achieve the desired results, you can combine different types of fertilizer together. You can apply dry fertilizers to the ground in two ways. One is to broadcast it, which means that the fertilizer is spread evenly on the soil surface, with or without working it into it, or you can use it as a sidedress to cultivate it deeper into the soil. A granular fertilizer specially blended for farmers can help them fine-tune their pasture fertility program, which could lead to increased pasture production efficiency.

Liquid Fertilizers

Liquid fertilizer for pastures has seen a significant increase in popularity over the past few years. They can be applied to the soil or the leaves of plants. You can use the liquid as a side dress during the growing season. It can also be broadcasted to help with band application. Foliar applications make nutrients available to plants more readily as they are absorbed by the leaves and not directly administered to the soil. However, the foliar spray does not guarantee that nutrients will remain available throughout the entire growing season. Foliar sprays are a great way to replenish nutrients or repair deficiencies that may have occurred during the growing season.

Liquid Vs Solid Fertilizers


They are more mobile when they are liquid and are easier to work with in soil-water mixtures.

It is the amount of space between fertilizer nutrients and plant roots. Mobile nutrients such as phosphorous are not able to reach a location closer than the specific granule they contain.

Salt Content

Liquids are usually chosen for their “starter” properties.

Granular fertilizers can be hot. The roots of plants can avoid areas of granular fertilizer with high levels of potassium and nitrogen.


Each drop of liquid fertilizer contains exactly the same amount of nutrients.

Each granule contains a different nutritional component.


One obstacle that could be encountered is the high cost of modifiable equipment to manage liquid fertilizer.

Although the machinery may be cheaper, it is not able to handle both types of applications.

Many positive aspects of each variety of fertilizer

Liquid Fertilizer

  • Easy manipulation and application once set up
  • Consistency throughout the entire application.
  • Applicable at the beginning as well as during the season
  • Use in combination with other treatments for pasture protection

Solid Fertilizer

  • It is often more affordable
  • Convenient storage/transport (doesn’t “settle out” over the years or “salt out” in cold weather).
  • Higher effectiveness for labor-intensive preplant applications
  • Available in slow-release versions (polymer-coated Urea)

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