Soil

Soil compaction is a constant challenge on grassland farms

Soil compaction is a constant challenge on grassland farms

Even moderate levels of soil compaction can reduce grassland output levels by 20%, according to Alex Higgins, from the Agri-Food...

July 7, 2019

Farmers are the true custodians of the soil

Farmers are the true custodians of the soil

December 5 this year was World Soil Day. I hope it provided members of the general public everywhere with the...

December 30, 2018

Farmers are the true custodians of the soil

Farmers are the true custodians of the soil

December 5 this year was World Soil Day. I hope it provided members of the general public everywhere with the opportunity...

December 30, 2018

BASIS to launch qualifications to enhance soil quality

BASIS to launch qualifications to enhance soil quality

With the Agriculture Bill set to reward farmers for ‘public goods’, such as healthy soils, BASIS is preparing to launch...

November 29, 2018

LIC Pasture to Profit 2018: ‘Control the controllable when it comes to your soil’

LIC Pasture to Profit 2018: ‘Control the controllable when it comes to your soil’

LIC (Livestock Improvement Corporation), the New Zealand farmer-owned co-operative, held its Pasture to Profit Conference 2018 in Birmingham yesterday, October...

October 17, 2018

Poor soil structure could cost up to £220/ha…but can you avoid common pitfalls?

Poor soil structure could cost up to £220/ha…but can you avoid common pitfalls?

Healthy soils are said to be the engine driving production on any farm; but just how much could poor soil...

August 22, 2018

98% of Northern Ireland soils inadequately analysed

98% of Northern Ireland soils inadequately analysed

‘Soil Health’ is a relatively new term that is being discussed more and more by farmers, growers, agronomists and researchers....

July 19, 2018

Rothamsted draws down EU research funding

Rothamsted draws down EU research funding

Rothamsted Research has drawn down European Union (EU) funding, which will kick-start a new programme of agricultural innovation at the...

July 5, 2018

Last chance to attend soil analysis report training

Last chance to attend soil analysis report training

If you are one of over 1,000 farmers across Northern Ireland who received free soil sampling and analysis reports and...

March 20, 2018

Soil analysis shows much work to be done on improving soil condition

Soil analysis shows much work to be done on improving soil condition

Land is the most limiting and expensive resource on dairy farms but only half of Northern Irish soils analysed this...

January 24, 2018

Soil: Taking the pressure off this winter

Soil: Taking the pressure off this winter

You might feel like you need tracks – or maybe even a raft – to cope with some of the...

December 30, 2017

Managing slurry nutrients: Are you making the most of the brown stuff?

Managing slurry nutrients: Are you making the most of the brown stuff?

The amount of livestock manure applied in the UK each year would fill all the lanes of the M1, plus...

December 27, 2017

‘Fertiliser application in January is not a one size fits all decision’

‘Fertiliser application in January is not a one size fits all decision’

There has been plenty of discussion around fertiliser application in January and it is not a once size fits all...

January 31, 2017

How do you assess your grass covers?

How do you assess your grass covers?

Marking a scale of heights against cover values on a well-used pair of wellingtons is the easiest way to measure...

November 18, 2016

Do you condition score your earthworm populations?

Do you condition score your earthworm populations?

The regular assessment of earthworm populations will provide farmers with important perspectives on the overall health status of their soils,”...

January 26, 2016

Farming opportunities abound in western Poland

Farming opportunities abound in western Poland

There are tremendous prospects for young people from Ireland to establish attractive share farming opportunities in western Poland, according to...

May 22, 2015

2015 is the International Year of Soils

2015 is the International Year of Soils

Healthy soils are critical for global food production. But we are not paying enough attention to this important silent ally,...

December 7, 2014

Interim nitrogen and phosphorus statements online now

Interim nitrogen and phosphorus statements online now

Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorus (P) statements for the period January 1 to September 30, 2014 are available online for all...

October 25, 2014