Soil Sampling

Over 55,000 soil samples taken under pilot programme

Over 55,000 soil samples taken under pilot programme

Over 55,000 samples have been taken under the pilot Soil Sampling and Analysis Programme, the Department of Agriculture, Food and...

April 8, 2022

‘Farming does not stand still for soil sample results’ – TD

‘Farming does not stand still for soil sample results’ – TD

Wexford independent TD, Verona Murphy, has said she supports the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA) condemnation of the implementation of a...

February 7, 2022

Soil sampling programme branded a ‘shambles’

Soil sampling programme branded a ‘shambles’

The implementation of the pilot Soil Sampling and Analysis Programme has been a “shambles” according to the Irish Farmers’ Association...

January 31, 2022

Over 8,000 farmers miss out on soil sampling programme

Over 8,000 farmers miss out on soil sampling programme

Over 8,000 farmers who applied for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s (DAFM’s) Soil Sampling and Analysis Programme...

January 28, 2022

Soil sampling to reduce your fertiliser bill

Soil sampling to reduce your fertiliser bill

Having your soil at the optimum pH value can go a long way to reducing chemical fertiliser bills on your...

December 27, 2021

Taking soil samples as fertiliser prices sky rocket

Taking soil samples as fertiliser prices sky rocket

Although most fields are currently too wet to take soil samples, you should consider doing so when conditions improve. The...

October 31, 2021

Almost 8,000 applications for soil sampling programme so far

Almost 8,000 applications for soil sampling programme so far

Almost 8,000 applications have been made to the pilot soil sampling programme announced by the Department of Agriculture, Food and...

October 4, 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

DAFM ‘hopeful’ that soil sampling programme will start in coming weeks

DAFM ‘hopeful’ that soil sampling programme will start in coming weeks

The €10 million soil sampling programme launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, earlier this year...

September 7, 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

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

€10m soil-sampling programme launched

€10m soil-sampling programme launched

A €10 million pilot soil-sampling programme has been launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue. The...

June 3, 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

Now is the ideal time to take soil samples

Now is the ideal time to take soil samples

If you have not done so in the recent past, now is the ideal time to soil sample as it...

March 14, 2021

10 points to consider for good soil practices on farms

10 points to consider for good soil practices on farms

Getting soils fertile and healthy for the grazing season will aid the maximising of grass growth on the farm. The...

February 18, 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

Dairy advice: 3 jobs to complete on the farm pre-calving

Dairy advice: 3 jobs to complete on the farm pre-calving

With the Christmas period now behind us, attention is back to the farm and what jobs need to be completed...

January 8, 2021