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Teagasc Soil Fertility Report 2020

Soil Test Results 2020

In 2020 Teagasc analysed a total 30,035 soil samples comprising of dairy, drystock and tillage enterprises. A total of 26,993 grassland soil samples with 20,184 from dairy farms, 6,509 soil samples from drystock farms and 3,042 soils samples from tillage farms.  The number of soil samples taken on dairy farms has increased again in 2020 while soil sampling on drystock farms have continued to decrease in 2020.  Increased soil sampling (+6.5%) on dairy farms is a reflection of the drive to improve soil fertility, nutrient use efficiency and grass production annually. Soil sample number for tillage farms is quite consistent with previous years.  The following is a summary of the main changes for soil pH, P and K in 2020.

National Highlights – All Soil Samples

  • 19% of all soils tested had optimum soil pH, P & K (-2%)
  • Soil pH continued to improve with 64% of soils with a >pH 6.2 (+2%)
  • Soil P levels at Index 1 & 2 increased while soils at Index 3 & 4 decreased. This maybe due increased soil P minerlaisation after the dry summer in 2018.
  • Soil K levels track a similar trend to P with a small increase in soils at Index 1 & 2 and a decrease in the % soils at Index 3 & 4.

Enterprise Highlights

Dairy

  • 19% of soils have optimum pH, P & K (2 % decrease)
  • 63% of soils with a soil pH >6.2 (4% increase)
  • 51%of soils at P index 1 & 2 (3% Increase)
  • 48% of soils at K Index 1 & 2 (7% Increase)

Drystock

  • 15% of soils have optimum pH, P & K (3 % decrease)
  • 57% of soils with a soil pH >6.2 (1% increase)
  • 50%of soils at P index 1 & 2 (5% Decrease)
  • 47% of soils at K Index 1 & 2 (4% Increase)

Tillage

  • 24% of soils have optimum pH, P & K (2 % Increase)
  • 74% of soils with a soil pH >6.5 (6% increase)
  • 50%of soils at P index 1 & 2 (1% Increase)
  • 34% of soils at K Index 1 & 2 (3% Decrease)

In 2020 optimum soil fertility levels have decreased by 1 to 2 % on both beef and dairy farms respectively compared to 2019.  On these farms soil P and K levels have increased by 3 to 7% for soils at Index 1 and 2 while soil pH has continued to improve by 1 to 4% on beef and dairy farms.  On tillage farms soil fertility continues to improve as the % of soils at optimum soil fertility has increased by a further 2% in 2020. However, on tillage farms the data base would show an increasing number of soils testing with soil pH >7.0.  This may be due to more frequent soil sampling and possibly sampling too close to the application of ground limestone.  It is recommended to leave a minimum of 2 years between liming and soil sampling.

Soil Fertility Data 2020

All Soil Results & Enterprises 2020 (PDF)

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