Joined: Sun Mar 05, 2006 11:04 pm Posts: 3 Location: Plano,TEXAS
I believe I heard on the KSKY show last Sunday that the application rate for dry molasses was 800 lbs. per acre. We have 20 acres we are looking to bring to life and at that rate I would need 16,000 lbs., (320-50lb bags at $18 per bag equals $5,760) or a BUNCH of dollars to get started. Is the 800 lb number right for pastures?
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Joined: Sat Apr 12, 2003 12:45 am Posts: 420 Location: Whitesboro,TX
I heard part of the program this past week but don't
I have an e-book coming out soon about how cheap
it is to farm in an organic program. You are right about
the expense of dry molasses. Dry molasses is great for
yards and small gardens, but for farming we have
another choice. Most farm stores sell a molasses
feed for cows. Farmers use it to supplement in the
winter when they don't have good quality hay. This
stuff is cheap - you can buy it for about $1.00 per
gallon. You can purchse a sprayer or rent one and
put molasses out at a couple of gallons per acre or
even more. Liquid molasses doesn't have any fiber
to help the soil but usually you have weeds or grass
that you are spraying that will absorb the molasses
and and create organic matter to go back into the soil.
Robert D Bard
Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2003 9:01 am Posts: 961 Location: Dallas, TX
Liquid molasses is an OK way to start but you'll need to be patient. It is not nearly as effective as the dried molasses which contains liquid molasses on soy residue. The dry molasses can give significant results at as low as 100 lbs per acre. I was asked what was the ideal rate. Molasses feed can also be used. It is liquid molasses mixed with some synthetic fertilizer elements. It's good for a transition product.
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