Earlier this year, I was chatting to a farmer in Carlow and the subject of conacre came up. I resisted the temptation to enquire about the rental cost but I did enquire about the status of the soil and other agronomic questions.

The farmer was forthcoming with the information as he pointed to the good health of the soil (although he had no soil sample results) and that there were no other problems, as far as he knew.