Soil tests have been carried out on the BETTER farms and these have been used as the basis for fertiliser recommendations. However, where these samples have shown variations, soil digs have been carried by Teagasc’s Dermot Forristal and Mark Plunkett to try to establish if there are any issues such as compaction below the ground.

These digs can help to make recommendations on how to improve soil structure and health, which should in turn make the soils easier to work and for crops to grow in.