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Farmer Writes: growing grass is like running an engine
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Farmer Writes: growing grass is like running an engine

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It's about keeping the diesel topped up and the oil levels right for running an engine. It's not so different when it comes to growing grass, says Co Donegal beef farmer James Strain.
It's about keeping the diesel topped up and the oil levels right for running an engine. It's not so different when it comes to growing grass, says Co Donegal beef farmer James Strain.

The question often get asked, “Isn't urea is the best type of fertiliser to use at this time of year?” That’s a bit like saying size nine is the best size of shoe to wear.

It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. It is also sometimes thought that urea works better than CAN-based fertilisers in colder temperatures and that’s why it’s used in the spring, again not true. Urea is by far the cheapest form of fertiliser per unit of nitrogen, but for ureic nitrogen to be absorbed by plant roots it must first be converted to the ammonium form and then the ...

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