Soil Fertility

The release of nutrient reserves in soil – a PDA perspective

The release of nutrient reserves in soil – a PDA perspective

The Potash Development Association (PDA) has issued an advisory update on the release of nutrient reserves in soils. Maintaining the...

October 23, 2021

Autumn is the ideal time to complete soil sampling

Autumn is the ideal time to complete soil sampling

Using soil sampling to correct soil pH offers many benefits to farmers. This article will look at what those benefits...

September 18, 2021

Correcting soil fertility on your silage fields with lime

Correcting soil fertility on your silage fields with lime

Silage season is well underway on Irish dairy farms, with the harvesting of second-cut silage due to begin on farms...

July 18, 2021

Slurry and fertiliser: What to spread and where to spread it

Slurry and fertiliser: What to spread and where to spread it

Slurry and chemical fertilisers are the two main components used on Irish farms to improve or maintain soil fertility and,...

July 18, 2021

Beef farmers: Now is the time to get out spreading lime

Beef farmers: Now is the time to get out spreading lime

With markets having taken a turn for the better this year, some beef farmers, after a number of difficult years,...

July 17, 2021

Incorporating white clover into grass swards

Incorporating white clover into grass swards

The benefits of including white clover in grass swards has been noted by several research trials carried out by Teagasc...

July 11, 2021

DAERA sets out plans for £37 million 5-year soil health scheme

DAERA sets out plans for £37 million 5-year soil health scheme

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture is working on plans to launch a £37 million five-year soil sampling scheme to improve...

June 24, 2021

NI’s new river basin management strategy to crack down on pesticide run-off

NI’s new river basin management strategy to crack down on pesticide run-off

Key target measures have been drafted as part of NI’s new river basin management strategy to crack down on water...

April 27, 2021

Changing the timing of lime application

Changing the timing of lime application

Lime is most definitely the forgotten fertiliser on Irish farms. Farmers are currently only spreading 50% of the national lime...

April 12, 2021

Maximising the quality of first-cut silage

Maximising the quality of first-cut silage

Silage can never be as high a quality of forage as the grass from which it was initially made. and...

April 1, 2021

Video: Understanding and mapping soil analysis results for your farm

Video: Understanding and mapping soil analysis results for your farm

The interpretation of soil analysis results – using these as a basis for developing a fertiliser plan for a farm...

February 11, 2021

How this farmer went from zero to 60% soils at optimum soil fertility in just 4 years

How this farmer went from zero to 60% soils at optimum soil fertility in just 4 years

Time and time again, the amount of our soils that are still not at optimum soil fertility is brought up...

February 8, 2020

Soil fertility: How is your farm for lime; or do you know?

Soil fertility: How is your farm for lime; or do you know?

The recent dry weather – mixed with some showers of rain – has provided ideal conditions for spreading lime. Despite...

June 3, 2019

Slow and steady wins the race on soil fertility

Slow and steady wins the race on soil fertility

Little by little progress is being made – across the country – on soil fertility levels. Speaking at the precise...

March 11, 2019

Teagasc suggests we’ve ‘turned a corner’ on soil fertility

Teagasc suggests we’ve ‘turned a corner’ on soil fertility

Teagasc has claimed that soil fertility is showing “some improvement” after years of stagnation, according to its 2018 annual review...

January 15, 2019

Joined-up thinking on grass measuring and soil testing could see rewards

Joined-up thinking on grass measuring and soil testing could see rewards

Only 15% of Irish dairy farms had optimum soil fertility levels in 2017 and 47% of grassland farms required lime. Where...

November 25, 2018

Now is the ideal time for soil-sampling, says NI agriculture department

Now is the ideal time for soil-sampling, says NI agriculture department

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is urging farmers to start sampling their soil now. Only...

October 30, 2018

85% of dairy farms had insufficient soil fertility levels in 2017

85% of dairy farms had insufficient soil fertility levels in 2017

Of the dairy farm soil samples analysed by Teagasc in 2017, just 15% had optimal soil fertility levels as indicated...

October 21, 2018