Climate and environment
Fewer rushes and more nature
Peter McCann
In the final part of a three-week series, Peter McCann assesses what ordinary farmers can learn from regenerative agriculture.
26 October 2022 Grass & feeding
38% reduction in nitrogen on Laois farm
Aidan Brennan reports from the Barber farm in Laois, where lots of clover is helping to facilitate a reduction in chemical nitrogen.
28 September 2022 Northern Ireland
Earthworm populations indicate soil health
Biological activity within soils has benefits for soil structure, organic matter levels, water infiltration and plant growth.
Check your soil health with the underpants test
The underpants soil test is a simple way of examining the health of your soil. It’s a good idea to try it on a few parts of the farm.
21 September 2022 Footprint Farmers
The planting cycle begins again
With the forecast indicating a weather window for planting from the end of this week, growers should weigh up the risks associated with virus, take-all and grass weeds
14 September 2022 Husbandry
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.
20 July 2022 Soils
Variability in winter barley harvest continues as yield spread widens
With some recent yields now above 4.2t/ac, questions will be asked about the exact causes of yield loss in poorer crops.
18 July 2022 Crops