Hay Maker FAQs

Hay Maker 18-3-4 is a foliar fertilizer that increases hay & forage production. It can be tank-mixed with your herbicide and applied simultaneously. With its slow release liquid nitrogen, it is effective in increasing protein content.

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 What is Hay Maker? 
  • It’s a foliar fertilizer containing slow release nitrogen formulated to increase forage production of pastures and increase hay yield and protein content. 
How does it work? 
  • It slowly penetrates the leaf and provides a sustained foliar feeding lasting up to 2 weeks. The sustained release of nutrients along with the amino acids increases the photosynthetically activity in the leaf increasing chlorophyll resulting in a quick grow back and increment protein levels in plant tissue. 
Can I use Hay Maker on other plants? 
  • Yes, you can use it on Alfalfa, Brome, Crimson Clover, Orchard grass, Timothy grass and Pasture. Hay Maker will aid to put nutrients back between cuttings. It’s important to check soil fertility levels, in order to compensate the amount of nutrients needed and decide how many sprays of Hay Maker should be needed. 
Can I use Hay Maker on my lawn? 
  • Yes, apply 6oz per gallon of water for every 1,000 sq. ft. 1-2 times per month as needed. 
Can I apply with a broadleaf herbicide? 
  • Yes, you can combine both products and apply at the same time saving costs of having to make a separate application. The combination will cause the broadleaf weeds to die faster, since the nutrients uptake will lead to also more herbicide uptake, resulting in better weed control. 
Why is Hay Maker better than a granular product? 
  • The Nitrogen being applied calculates to 1.87 lbs per acre, but the maximum benefits are achieved due to our high performance ingredients. With 60% slow release urea triazone (better than other forms of urea as it allows for a steady feed) and all higher performing ingredients, its value alone has been proven to maximize your profits. Won’t run off your plants or property as long as it has time to dry before heavy rains. 
Can I apply Hay Maker before the first cutting? 
  • You can but it doesn’t have enough benefits to justify the application. It would be more cost efficient to wait until after the cut, when the leaf needs the nutrients the most. 
How soon after application is it okay to bale my hay? 
  • Hay Maker should be applied at least 14 days prior to baling for maximum effect. 
Can I use Hay Maker as a soil application? 
  • Hay Maker is not designed for soil application. To satisfy your soil nitrogen you should use a farm grade granular fertilizer and use Hay Maker as a supplement to speed your grow back and increase your protein content. 
How long should I wait prior to allowing animals to graze or before watering? 
  • Wait 24 hours, this will allow the product to be absorbed by the leaf. 
Is this product effective if used late fall, mid-to-late October, then pasture closed to grazing for winter if I live in northwestern Washington state? 
  • You can apply through October and it will help green it up. During winter the growing season ends so most likely it will not help it grow.
How Much NPK am I obtaining per acre with the dilution rate listed in your label? 
  • You will obtain 4.41 lbs. of N, 0.74 lbs. of P and .398 lbs. of K per acre. 
Hay Maker Actives: 
  • Triazone Urea. This is a liquid slow release source of nitrogen. 
    • 1. It is in a resinous form that sticks and slowly penetrates into the leaf when used as a foliar spray. a. It is resistant to wash off from the weather. 
      • b. The microbes on the leaf slowly break it down into a form the leaf can absorb. 
      • c. In essence, a sustained foliar feeding for up to 2 weeks is obtained. i. New growth quickly occurs from a sustained foliar feeding 
      • d. The nitrogen goes directly into the leaf to create protein. i. Protein makes the hay more valuable 
    • 2. Nearly 100% of nitrogen in Hay Maker is used by the plant. Far more efficient than soil applied nitrogen that needs to be taken up by the root. 
  • Potassium acetate. This form of potassium is by far the most efficient form of potassium for foliar application. 
    • 1. In a University trial, up to 84% more potassium was absorbed by the plant than any other source of potassium. 
    • 2. Potassium acetate is one of the safest of all sources of potassium, resulting in less chance of leaf burn and less stress on the plant. 
What do I do if product freezes? 
  • Shake well. If product has clumps, strain them out. 
  • Make sure product stays in liquid form otherwise product will need to be replaced. 
What is the application rate using 3 gallon backpack sprayer? 
  • Use 1 pint of Haymaker per fill and use entire 3 gallons to cover 1/8 of the acre. (You will need to mark it off into 8 parts). 

Measurements:
4 Quarts = 1 Gallon
2.5 gal treats 3 acres

Is Hay Maker effective after rain? 
  • Yes, as long as the application has had a minimum of 1 hour to dry. 
I have a small acreage with a lot of oak trees, will Hay Maker damage the trees? 
  • No, Hay Maker won’t do any harm. 
Where can I purchase Hay Maker? 
  • Hay Maker is available at Atwoods, Blain Supply, Theisen Supply, Tractor Supply, and through our Distributors. Farmers are able to purchase direct with a minimum pallet purchase. Contact us at orders@organiclabs.com for more information. 
How is Hay Maker available? 
  • In 2½ gallon containers, 30 & 55 Gallon drums and 250 Gallon totes.

 

2018-05-11T17:17:27+00:00

42 Comments

  1. ray leach August 8, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Hi ! I have a fimco 60 gallon boomless sprayer that covers a little over 10′ . The pump is pto driven and I run it 100 psi . My question is at what speed should I be running my tractor to get the proper cover per acre ? Thanks

    • Plant Dr. August 10, 2018 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      Ray,

      Are you able to spray half an acre on one tank?

      Thank you.

  2. Sue July 17, 2018 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Hello, in looking for something for my hay field. We have 6 ac field we do hay on it and over the years we have been getting less bales. What do you suggest for that. I know I should use the hay maker but when and how often. I have a sprayer for my 4 wheeler. How do I know if I’m doing it correctly. I was told if I went 5 miles per hour it would be 25 pounds per acre. I got the mixing correct put how often and how fast would I go on the 4 Wheeler to get the right coverage.
    Thank you.

    • Plant Dr. July 17, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      Sue,
      At your 5 mph speed, how many tanks at what volume do you use to spray the 6 acres?

      If you use this formula you will get the results desired.

      X tanks = 6 acres

      24 quarts, / X = Quarts of Hay Maker per tank of mixture.
      The only other variable you’ll have to consider is that we recommend at least 300 gallons of mixture for the 6 acres.

      Send us what information you can and we can help.

      Thank you.

  3. Mike June 25, 2018 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Am I understanding this correctly on mixing instructions. That it is 1 gal of hay maker per acre mixed with 50 gal of water? So for 25 acre you need 25 gal of hay maker? Just not sure I’m understanding right.

    • Plant Dr. June 25, 2018 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Mike,

      That is correct, 1 gallon of Hay Maker per 50 gallons of water, so for 25 acres you need 25 gal of Hay Maker mixed in with 1,250 gal of water.

      Thank you.

  4. Tom June 21, 2018 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Is haymaker a organic product I have someone who wants organic hay and I have used your product

    • Plant Dr. June 22, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Tom,

      Hay Maker is not for use in organic crop and organic food production. However, it is an earth friendly product.

      Thank you.

  5. Chris June 13, 2018 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Will Hay Maker burn my field if left to long without watering? How long should I let it sit before watering?

    • Plant Dr. June 14, 2018 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Chris,

      The application calls for the Hay Maker to be mixed with water, as long as you follow the label instructions there shouldn’t be any risk of burning.

      Thank you.

  6. Tom Kelly April 19, 2018 at 12:12 am - Reply

    Can I use haymaker in my chemigation unit which injects fertilizer into my 70 acre center pivot planted with orchard and brome grasses? If so, what is the correct mixture?

    • Plant Dr. April 19, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Tom,
      Yes, you can use Hay Maker in your chemigation unit, please used 1 gallon per acre.

      Thanks for using our product!

  7. Dave Hutton April 16, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Hi, I need to add some potassium to my fertilizer this year. Any ideas or products I can add to the spray tank?

    • Plant Dr. April 17, 2018 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Dave,
      We suggest the phyto fos 0-28-26.
      Phyto-Fos is a supplemental potassium fertilizer derived from potassium phosphite, a
      product obtained when phosphorous acid is neutralized with potassium hydroxide.
      Contains no available phosphate. Foliar fertilization is intended as a supplement to
      regular fertilization program and may not, by itself, provide the nutrients normally
      required by crops or other intended plants.

      Thank you.

  8. Scott November 8, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I see that this works well on forage. I have oats and wheet planted and it’s about 2 inches tall. How established should the new growth be before I apply.
    Thank you,

    • Plant Dr. November 8, 2017 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Hay Maker does work well on forage and should work well on your oats and wheat.
      Since the product works through foliar absorption, you should wait two more weeks until you spray.
      Then you’ll want to re-apply 1-2 times per month.

      Please email us before and after photos so we can share on facebook!

  9. Tony October 3, 2017 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Can you use HayMaker on Deer food plots?

    • Plant Dr. October 3, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Hay Maker will work great on deer plots etc!!! Hay Maker will actually provide enhanced growth.

      We recommend that you remove all grazing animals for a minimum of 24 hours. It is not because it is unsafe for the animals. It is so that the leaf can absorb and retain the nutrients in the Hay Maker before they are taken away from grazing animals.

      It slowly penetrates the leaf and provides a sustained foliar feeding lasting up to 2 weeks. The sustained release of nutrients along with the amino acids increases the photosynthetically activity in the leaf increasing chlorophyll resulting in a quick grow back and increment protein levels in plant tissue.

      Per the label instructions: Mix 1 gallon of Hay Maker to 50 gallons of water to treat 1 acre.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out again with additional questions.

      Thanks so much for using our products and for your referrals!
      We are proud to be a leading producer of earth friendly pesticides and fertilizers

  10. Robert b August 2, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Can you use haymaker on sorghum?

    • Plant Dr. August 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Haymaker has never been tested on sorghum.

      Since this is off label, you can test a small area to see if it will help. It certainly will not hurt.

      Please do not hesitate with any additional questions.

  11. Kevin July 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Can Haymaker be tank mixed with MSMA?

    • Plant Dr. July 19, 2017 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      Yes, you can combine both products and apply at the same time saving costs of having to make a separate application. The combination will cause the broadleaf weeds to die faster, since the nutrients uptake will lead to also more herbicide uptake, resulting in better weed control.

      Please do not hesitate with any additional questions.

  12. Sammy Hodde July 18, 2017 at 4:27 am - Reply

    What are the grazing restrictions for cattle, especially pregnant cows and young calves?

    • Plant Dr. July 18, 2017 at 8:30 am - Reply

      Wait 24 hours, this will allow the product to be absorbed by the leaf.

      Please do not hesitate with any additional questions.

  13. Teri G June 28, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Can this product be applied using a 3 gal backpack sprayer. I have appox 1 acre in orchard grass.?

    • Plant Dr. June 29, 2017 at 8:23 am - Reply

      We recommend to use a pint of Hay Maker per fill and use the entire 3 gallons to cover 1/8th of your acre.

      You will need to mark it off into 8 parts.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out again with additional questions.

  14. Mark Staley June 20, 2017 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Can you mix Hay Maker with a dye to tell where you’ve sprayed?

    • Plant Dr. June 21, 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

      We want to thank you for writing to us and for viewing our website.

      Yes, you can use dye.

      If you’re spraying on grass or hay you won’t need to use dye. You will be able to see where you sprayed.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out again with additional questions.

  15. John June 16, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Will your haymaker product also work effectively on vegetable plants. I’ve used a 20% soil fertilizer previously in my garden years back when a typical gardener could purchase the higher quantity. I was looking for the triple 10 product when I encountered your 18-3-4 liquid fertilizer. I want to mix it at a lower ratio such as 3/4:50 to avoid burning my plants. Your thoughts.

    • Plant Dr. June 16, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      It’s a great idea to use Hay Maker for vegetables!

      We recommend using 2 ounces of Hay Maker per gallon of water for small applications. You can always increase your application rate, if needed.

      It should be applied early morning or late evening. There is very little risk of leaf burn when applied to plants, when used as directed. Do not freeze or spray in temperatures over 95°F.

      During the summertime temperatures can stay above 95 degrees. During this time, we recommend spraying at night when there are cooler temperatures and the product has time to dry.

      Wait 24 hours before harvesting, this will allow the product to be absorbed by the leaf.

      We look forward to hearing your results.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out again with additional questions.

  16. Jeff May 31, 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Is this product safe for home Lawn care use on (standard & Hybrid) Bermuda varieties in Oklahoma?
    I’m confused about the amount of product to use. I have 1 acre with a 15 gallon pull behind sprayer.
    If I manipulate the directions (1 gal to 50 gal of water per acre), 1/2 gal to 25 gal, further reduced to 1/4 gal for 12.5 gal tank., I’m guessing I roughly would need around 35 ozs of Haymaker for 15 gallons of water for 1 acre in that theory? However, I read in other posts that you recommended 6 ozs per gal for lawn use, or in my 15 gallon sprayer that would equate to 90 ozs.
    I’m excited to try your product but don’t want to burn the yard by too spraying too much or not get the full benefit of the fertilizer by adding too little. Thanks for your time!

    • Plant Dr. May 31, 2017 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      Haymaker is great for lawns!

      You are right, it’s 6 oz per gallon of water for every 1000 sq ft. So if you have a 15 gallon sprayer, it will equate to 90oz. We recommend applying 1-2 times per month, as needed.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out again with additional questions.

      • Butch July 9, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

        My sprayer sprayes 48 oz per 1000 sq feet. Is that enough water

        • Plant Dr. July 10, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

          Per the label instructions: Mix 1 gallon of Hay Maker to 50 gallons of water to treat 1 acre. When using a sprayer, mix 2 gallons of Hay Maker with 100 gallons of water to treat 2 acres.

          For lawn applications: Apply 6 oz per gallon per 1000 sq. ft. 1-2 times per month as needed.

          Please do not hesitate to reach out again with additional questions.

  17. Jimmy Reece May 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    How often do you need to reapply or is it just a one-time use

    • Plant Dr. May 23, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      We suggest applying once or twice a month, as needed.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out again with additional questions.

  18. Ricky Smith May 20, 2017 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Can hay maker be used on Saint Augustine grass and Bermuda grass ?

    • Plant Dr. May 22, 2017 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Haymaker is great for lawns!

      • It slowly penetrates the leaf and provides a sustained foliar feeding lasting up to 2 weeks. The sustained release of nutrients along with the amino acids increases the photosynthetically activity in the leaf increasing chlorophyll resulting in a quick grow back and increment protein levels in plant tissue.

      For lawns we recommend to apply 6oz per gallon per 1000sq ft., 1-2 times per month, as needed.

      You can find Haymaker at any Tractor Supply retail store.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out again with additional questions.
      Thanks so much for using our products and for your referrals!
      We are proud to be a leading producer of earth friendly pesticides and fertilizers!

  19. Rodney A McAffrey April 27, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    How Long before it rains can I spray?

    • Plant Dr. April 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      We want to thank you for writing to us and for viewing our website.

      We recommend not spraying the Haymaker 24 hours before or after rain. This will allow the product to be absorbed by the leaf.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out again with additional questions.

  20. David murray April 7, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I have a 110 gal sprayer. How many gallons of water do I add to the 2.5 gallons of hay maker?

    • Plant Dr. April 7, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      David,
      It would depend on how many acres you want to treat.
      Per the label instructions: Mix 1 gallon of Hay Maker to 50 gallons of water to treat 1 acre.
      So if you want to fill your sprayer you can treat 2 acres by mixing 2 gallons of Hay Maker with 100 gallons of water.

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