Deadline looms for fertiliser spreading
Although weather and land conditions are challenging, the deadline for farmers to spread chemical fertiliser is fast approaching.
From 15 September, farmers will be prohibited from spreading fertiliser until January 2018.
This means that the last day farmers can spread bag fertiliser is Thursday 14 September.
The end of the prohibited period varies, depending on the zone that your farm is located.
For counties in Zone A (Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow), the closed period finishes on 12 January. This means that from 13 January the spreading of organic slurry and chemical fertiliser can take place in these counties.
For counties in Zone B (Clare, Galway, Kerry, Limerick, Louth, Longford, Mayo, Meath, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath) the closed period runs until 15 January. This means from 16 January the spreading of organic slurry and chemical fertiliser can take place.
For the remaining counties – Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim and Monaghan (Zone C) – spreading can take place as and from 1 February. In Northern Ireland, all farmers can spread from 1 February.
Farmers are still permitted to spread organic fertiliser until 15 October and farmyard manure until 1 November.