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Protecting and improving water quality and supporting the production of high-quality food are the twin aims of the Agricultural Catchments Programme.

The Agricultural Catchments Programme, funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and run by Teagasc works with 300 farmers across six catchments to evaluate the environmental and economic effects of the NAP measures implemented under the Nitrates Directive.

The programme aims to maximize its effectiveness by encouraging farmer participation and disseminating information from the programme to a wide audience.

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Catchments Paper Highlighted by Science Society of America

The 'Illinois Soil Nitrogen Test' (ISNT) is featured in a recent publication by Noeleen McDonald and her co-authors in the Soil Science Society of America Journal (SSSAJ).

Entitled “Evaluation of soil tests for predicting N mineralization in temperate grassland soils”, the study was selected as the highlight paper by SSSAJ in their most recent issue (June 2014) of CSA-News (Crop Soil Agronomy), a monthly magazine of the three American Ag societies (Link).

Within this paper the ISNT was found to be the most effective soil N test for predicting soil N supply in a range of Irish grassland soil types, including sites from all six agricultural catchments. This work was part of Noeleen’s PhD with the Agricultural Catchments Programme. Additional validation of the ISNT and other chemical N tests by Noeleen and colleagues have continued at Johnstown Castle.

ISNT in Lab

Laboratory images of the Illinois Soil Nitrogen Test (ISNT) being carried out at the Johnstown Castle Environmental Research Centre, images are courtesy of ACP soil scientist Noeleen McDonald.

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