I didn't fertilize either area before drilling the wheat, although the weaning pen was grazed for about a week by some calves before it was planted. When I top-dressed my wheat fields (January 27), I also top-dressed the weaning pen with about 40 lb. N per acre, but because I had crimson clover in the 10 acre area, I didn't top-dress it.
|Weaning Pen - February 15|
|Weaning Pen - March 25|
|Over 8 inches of growth|
|Pasture cropped hay field area - March 25|
Next year, I think I'd put down some starter fertilizer before planting, I'll try planting earlier in the fall (mid-September to mid-October) to get more fall grazing, I'll wait to try growing clover again until I've grown a decent stand of wheat, and I might try adding something like turnips to the wheat. I'm getting closer and closer to figuring out how to make pasture cropping work on the farm and hopefully some day soon I'll be pasture cropping on a much larger scale.