Improving Soil Micronutrients

1999 Annual Report for FNE99-273

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1999: $2,028.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $3,250.00
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Project Leader:

Improving Soil Micronutrients


Summary: Sheep and cattle farmer Bob Russo, who has been using managed rotational grazing for a number of years, will explore methods of improving micro-nutrient levels in his pastures. He believes that if the nutrients — calcium, magnesium, sulfate, iron, manganese, zinc, copper, boron, chlorine, aluminum, sodium and others) are brought into the optimal range, his forage production and animal performance will improve. His aim is for livestock to receive the micronutrients from the pasture, thus reducing the amount he provides in feed or supplements. His plan is to do a comprehensive soil test and then balance the soil micronutrients by applying a natural rock dust. The dust will also be tested to determine its content.


Joel Elder

Techincal Advisor
1590 N. Center Ave, Suite 103
Somerset, PA 15501