Keep up with the latest news on soils with the Irish Farmers Journal. Find out more about soils and soil health on tillage farms.

Climate and environment
Carbon initiatives can help you even more than the environment
Andy Doyle
As we move into a new era of obligatory emission reductions, it is important to realise that increased carbon accumulation in the soil can be worth even more to crop profitability.
24 July 2022 Soils
Protecting water quality on tillage farms
Eimear Connery and Ciara Donovan spoke to the Irish Farmers Journal about why water quality is so important and what tillage farmers can do to improve it.
20 July 2022 Soils
To bale or chop - nutrient value has more than doubled
Decisions around straw need to take account of the high replacement cost of the nutrients that are exported when straw is removed.
Fertiliser and feed savings from fodder and catch crops
Fodder crops have many advantages from providing extra fodder on farm to saving nutrients.
6 July 2022 Fodder
Growing rye on sand in north Derry
This young farmer says rye is an easy crop to grow and look after and is harvested in July helping with workload and cashflow.
29 June 2022 Soils
Seven-day cultivation rules in effect now
The new cultivation rules outlined in the reviewed Nitrates Action Programme are now in effect and tillage farmers will have to work on establishing a green cover seve days after harvesting or baling.
25 May 2022 Soils
Beneficial changes are being accelerated by policy
While tillage farming is increasingly accepted as being best in class on emissions, there is always more that can be done as profitability can run parallel to sustainability.
4 May 2022 Climate and environment
Turning a new sod: Ireland’s largest plough in action
Peter Thomas Keaveney travelled to south Tipperary to catch up with a 12-furrow Kverneland PW wagon plough in action, Ireland’s largest plough.
6 April 2022 Farm machinery
Department needs to plan now for fodder from catch crops
The Fodder Production Incentive Measure 2018 supplied a lot of fodder following a year of drought.
1 April 2022 Climate and environment
My Farming Week: John Murphy, Garryroe, Ardfinnan, Co Tipperary
John Murphy is the winner of the 2021 Dairygold Malting Barley Competition. He was the Tipperary finalist.
15 March 2022 News
Feeding plants with more than N, P and K is essential
Robbie Byrne of Precision Nutrition talked through some of the major and minor elements needed for crop growth.
2 March 2022 Soils
Slurry converted to units, what next?
After slurry testing and calculating how much nutrients have been applied, what is the next step in fertiliser savings on-farm?
23 February 2022 Footprint Farmers