At my local feed store they offer a liquid feed in bulk form that is 32% protein and here is a list of the ingredients' Cane molasses urea ammoniumpolyphosphate animalfat reserved with ethoxyquin calcium carbonate attapulgite clay anhydrous ammonia copper sulfate ethylenediamine dihydricodide vitamin A supplement cholecalciferol zinc sulfate copper chloride sodium selenite ruminant meat and bone meal free I am trying to go organic on my bermuda hay meadows and this is similiar to what is in sack feed so will this feed the beneficial microbes? Don't want to kill them because I have started using compost tea and the growing season is about over and ya'll say use any kind of feed that is high in protein and this is and it is in a liquid and economical. Should I be safe to use it without killing the microbes? How can I tell if I have lots of microbes in my soil? I want to try some of this at what 1 or 2 gals per acre deluted with water at 10 gals per acre before frost hits in a few weeks(hope not sooner) Thanks for any of ya'lls valuable info,I am new to this sight and have enjoyed reading all of it.
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The total sum of protein in that mix is zero. It is full of synthetic nitrogen but no protein.
Do you run your own livestock on the pastures or are you cutting hay and selling it? I'm not sure there is an "economical" way to fertilize bermuda organically if you are going to sell the hay. If you run animals properly, then they and their insect friends will provide all the fertility you need without you having to buy anything...and I mean anything.
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I wouldn't use any type of animal feed unless it was in the form of meal. Liquid and pelleted animal feed is made with oil which is feed grade molasses and is no comparison to Blackstrap Molasses. You will not get the organic fertilizer benefits from most animals feeds in this form. I use only Blackstrap Molasses. I have list of people from a Organic Company that sells Blackstrap Molasses that is certified to be used in organic programs. Let me know where your loacted and I will see if one is near you. It can be bought in 1 gallon to bulk containers and is a lot cheaper than buying from Feed Stores or Oganic Supply Companies.
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