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

A reminder of the stubble cultivation rules for 2023
Siobhán Walsh
Tillage farmers are required to cultivate stubbles after harvest to create a green cover and take up nitrates from the soil.
3 May 2023 Farm machinery
Austrian-built disc coulter drill works wonders for midlands grower
Peter Thomas Keaveney caught up with Offaly beef and tillage farmer James Dermody to find out how his Pöttinger one-pass double disc coulter drill has performed since he took delivery two years ago.
15 April 2023 Management
Less than a week left to apply for national liming programme
The closing date of 20 April is approaching fast, with applications required to be submitted through the Department’s online portal.
The switch to urea on tillage farms
As fertiliser prices remain high, tillage farmers may find value in urea this season. However, this comes with some caution.
1 March 2023 Soils
Simple ways to improve sustainability
Both biodiversity and soil health have an important role to play in improving on-farm sustainability.
22 February 2023 Climate and environment
Regenerative tillage farming works environmentally and economically
Jake Freestone farms in the southwest of England and he is making waves by helping his soil the climate and getting paid for the good he is doing.
15 February 2023 Soils
Watch: Sulky building 6,000 machines each year in modern French factory
While traveling through France, Peter Thomas Keaveney and Gary Abbott visited the Sulky factory, a very modern assembly plant, building up to 6,000 machines yearly.
8 February 2023 Farm machinery
Improving N use efficiency on tillage farms
Don Somers (tillage farmer), John Pettit and Mark Plunkett (Teagasc, Johnstown Castle) outline how tillage farmers can improve their nitrogen use efficiency.
1 February 2023 Fertilizers
Tillage soils show impressively high carbon levels
Any remaining tillage fields were sampled for soil carbon after harvest and the results are back.
7 December 2022 Footprint Farmers
The importance of nutrient recycling
The nutrients we apply on farms for plant production cycle through the whole food system and surplus nutrients from animals and humans need to be recycled for food production.
23 November 2022 Soils
Examining what cover crops to use to tackle different issues
Cover crops have multiple benefits from protecting soil and water quality to increasing soil organic matter and improving soil health.
23 November 2022 Soils
Watch: Väderstad grows 25% in 12 months despite challenges in key markets
Peter Thomas Keaveney travelled to Germany to check out the latest innovations from Vaderstad, which included new cultivation and seeding equipment.
26 October 2022 Farm machinery