Brown’s Fertilisers agronomist Alexander Mapleson said it’s important to apply fertilisers in autumn.

Melissa Burton is one of the Brown’s agronomists busy soil testing.

BROWN’S Fertilisers offers a range of products and services, all with the vision of ‘Fertiliser Made Easy’.
With sites in Koo Wee Rup, Leongatha and the new depot in Maffra, Brown’s is able to provide their top service to you, wherever you are in Gippsland.
With a fleet of fully maintained spreaders, field bins and road trucks, Brown’s can deliver on any order, big or small – from bulk loads tipped on site down to a 25kg bag.
The business offers a full range of fertilisers, lime and organic amendments.
A team of university qualified agronomists and custom blending facilities provide clients with the correct product for improving productivity on your farm.
Agronomists work with their clients to improve soil health and fertility.
Soil testing is available to determine nutrient deficiencies and imbalances in soil.
Nutrient budgets and production plans are tools that Brown’s agronomists can use to make custom fertiliser and farm or renovation plans.
The agronomists are currently busy with soil testing and autumn fertiliser planning.
Many farmers in the district take advantage of Brown’s Summer Fertiliser Specials and applying super potash blends to correct nutrient deficiencies.
Unlike nitrogen fertilisers, which can volatilise and lose nutrient in to the atmosphere, super potash blends can be applied without risk of loses, even in the absence of soil moisture.
Brown’s Fertilisers agronomist Alexander Mapleson said applying your fertiliser early not only guarantees that you will have nutrients available for growing plants at the beginning of autumn but can also boost clover growth in mixed swards.
“Applying potassium in autumn can reduce the risk of developing metabolic disorders in cattle such as grass tetany.
“This is because pasture does not uptake potassium in large quantities during autumn like it does in the spring.”
Autumn is also a great time to apply lime if soil pH is low.
The calcium carbonate in lime takes a long time to break down in the soil so applying in autumn prior to the winter rain is best practice.
There are many different types of lime so be sure to talk to your agronomist about which one is right for your property.
For more information on what you have read about here, contact one of Browns’ agronomists or visit the new website at www.brownsfert.com.au.