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Report and Results 2021

Teagasc Soil Fertility Report 2021(pdf) 

National Soil Fertility Trends

In 2021 Teagasc analysed a total 33,876 soil samples comprising of dairy, drystock and tillage enterprises. There was 30,082 grassland soil samples. For dairy farms, 21,049 soil samples, on drystock farms 8,458 soil samples, overall soil samples take increased by 11% and 8% compared to 2020 for dairy and drystock. On tillage farms 3,794 soil samples were taken, which represents ~ 17% increase in soil samples compared to 2020.  This was primarily driven by the significant increase in the cost of N, P and K fertilisers projected mid 2021. The following is a summary of the main changes for soil pH, phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) in 2021.

National Highlights

  • All farm enterprises took more soil samples in 2021
  • Overall decline in soils with optimum soil fertility to 16% (-3%)
  • Soil pH declined to 54% of soils with a >pH 6.2 (-8%)
  • Soil P levels at Index 1 & 2 increased (54%) while soils at Index 3 & 4 decreased (46%)
  • Soil K levels remain simialr with a slight decrease in soils at K index 4

Enterprise Highlights

Dairy

  • 16% of soils have optimum pH, P & K (3 % decrease)
  • 53% of soils with a soil pH >6.2 (10% decrease)
  • 55%of soils at P index 1 & 2 (4% Increase)
  • 48% of soils at K Index 1 & 2 (no change)

Drystock

  • 13% of soils have optimum pH, P & K (2 % decrease)
  • 47% of soils with a soil pH >6.2 (10% decrease)
  • 61%of soils at P index 1 & 2 (11% Increase)
  • 50% of soils at K Index 1 & 2 (3% Increase)

Tillage

  • 18% of soils have optimum pH, P & K (6 % Decrease)
  • 61% of soils with a soil pH >6.5 (13% Decrease)
  • 57%of soils at P index 1 & 2 (7% Increase)
  • 32% of soils at K Index 1 & 2 (2% Decrease)

In 2021 optimum soil fertility levels have decreased the range of 3 to 6 % for dairy, beef and tillage farms compared to 2020.  On these farms soil at P Index 1 and 2 have increased by 4 to 11%, while soil K levels have increased slightly on drystock farms, no change on dairy farms to slight improvements (+2%) on tillage farms.  Soils with optimum soil pH levels have decreased by 10 to 13% across all three-farm enterprises.  National lime applications increased by 50% in 2021 compared to the average application of ground limestone in the previous 10 years at 1.33 million tonnes. This will help halt the decline in soil pH levels as reported in 2021. 

Soil Fertility Data 2021

Teagasc Soil Fertility Report 2021(pdf)

All Soil Results & Enterprises 2021 (pdf) 

County Specific Data: 

Carlow 2021, Cavan 2021Clare 2021Cork 2021Donegal 2021Dublin 2021Galway 2021Kerry 2021Kildare 2021Kilkenny 2021Laois 2021Letrim 2021Limerick 2021Longford 2021Louth 2021Mayo 2021Meath 2021Monaghan 2021Offaly 2021Roscommon 2021Sligo 2021Tipperary 2021, Waterford 2021Westmeath 2021Wexford 2021Wicklow 2021


 

Soil Fertility Data 2020

Teagasc Soil Fertility Report 2020 (pdf) 

All Soil Results & Enterprises 2020 (PDF)

County Specific Data:

Carlow 2020Cavan 2020Clare 2020Cork 2020Donegal 2020Dublin 2020Galway 2020Kerry 2020Kildare 2020Kilkenny 2020Laois 2020Letrim 2020Limerick 2020Longford 2020Louth 2020Mayo 2020Meath 2020Monaghan 2020Offaly 2020Roscommon 2020Sligo 2020Tipperary 2020Waterford 2020Westmeath 2020Wexford 2020Wicklow 2020


Soil Fertility Data 2019

All Soil Results & Enterprises 2019 (PDF)

County Specific Data:

Carlow 2019-Cavan 2019-Clare 2019-Cork 2019-Donegal 2019-Dublin 2019-Galway 2019-Kerry 2019-Kildare 2019-Kilkenny 2019-Laois 2019-Limerick 2019-Longford 2019-Louth 2019-Mayo 2019-Meath 2019-Monaghan 2019-Roscommon 2019-Sligo 2019-Tipperary 2019-Waterford 2019-Westmeath 2019-Wexford 2019


Soil Fertility Data 2018

All Soil Results and Enterprises 2018(PDF)

County Specific Data:

Carlow 2018- Cavan 2018- Clare 2018- Cork 2018- Donegal 2018- Dublin 2018- Galway 2018- Kerry 2018 - Kildare 2018- Kilkenny 2018- Laois 2018- Leitrim 2018 - Limerick 2018- Longford 2018 - Louth 2018- Mayo 2018-Meath 2018- Monaghan 2018- Roscommon 2018- Sligo 2018-Tipperary 2018- Waterford 2018-Westmeath 2018- Wexford 2018


Soil Fertility Data 2017

All Soil Results and Enterprises 2017 (PDF)

County Specific Data:
Carlow 2017 - Cavan 2017Clare 2017 - Cork 2017 - Donegal 2017Dublin 2017Galway 2017- Kerry 2017Kildare 2017Kilkenny 2017Laois 2017Leitrim 2017Limerick 2017Longford 2017Louth 2017Mayo 2017Meath 2017Monaghan 2017Roscommon 2017Sligo 2017Tipperary 2017Waterford 2017Westmeath 2017Wexford 2017 -


Soil Fertility Data 2016

All Soil Results and Enterprises 2016

County Specific Data:
Carlow 2016 - Cavan 2016Clare 2016Cork 2016Donegal 2016Dublin 2016Galway 2016Kerry 2016Kildare 2016Kilkenny 2016Laois 2016Leitrim 2016Limerick 2016Longford 2016Louth 2016Mayo 2016Meath 2016Monaghan 2016Offaly 2016Wicklow 2016


Soil Fertility Data 2015

All-Soil-Results-Enterprises

County Specific Data:
Carlow2015 - Cavan2015 - Clare2015 - Cork2015 - Donegal2015 - Dublin2015 - Galway2015 - Kerry2015 - Kildare2015 - Kilkenny2015 - Laois2015 - Leitrim2015 - Limerick2015 - Longford2015 - Louth2015 - Mayo2015 - Meath2015 - Monaghan2015 - Offaly2015 - Roscommon2015 - Sligo2015 - Tipperary2015 - Waterford2015 - Westmeath2015 - Wicklow2015 - Wexford2015


Soil Fertility Data 2014

Soil-Fertility-Atlas

County Specific Data:
Carlow - Cavan - Clare - Cork - Donegal - Dublin - Galway - Kerry - Kildare - Kilkenny - Laois - Leitrim - Limerick - Longford - Louth - Mayo - Meath - Monaghan - Offaly - Roscommon - Sligo - Tipperary - Waterford - Westmeath - Wicklow - Wexford