Farm Ireland

Friday 23 February 2018

Test often to boost productivity

Step 1 – Have soil analysis results for the whole farm

Soil analysis is the starting point in determining the balance of nutrients required to maximise both grazed or ensiled grass. Soil fertility changes slowly over time and it can be difficult to see an underlying deficiency of either P or K, especially in grassland.

Therefore, taking soil samples on a regular basis will provide up-to-date information on the fertility status of the soils on your farm.

For example, an up-to-date soil test report will provide advice on the type and rate of lime required to maintain the pH in the target range. It will also provide the basis to determine crop P and K requirements on a field-by-field basis.

A small annual investment (€0.50/ac/year) in a standard soil test for P, K, and pH will help ensure the long-term productivity of your soils.

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