Soil is the medium/raw material that we work with every day in the production of meat, milk, grain etc for both local and world markets. The health of our soil is a key component for the efficient production of food in an environmental and sustainable manner. To maximise the productivity of our soil it’s important that we understand the chemical, physical and biological properties of the soil.
Irish Soil Information System
The Irish Soil Information System project developed a national soil map of 1:250,000 and an associated digital soil information system, providing both spatial and quantitative information on soil types and properties across Ireland.
To maximise the productivity of our soil it’s important that we understand the chemical, physical and biological properties of the soil. Taking out a spade to examine soil structure and biological activity can reveal a lot about the health of our soils.
Soil drainage poses particular challenges in Ireland. The great variety of soils and soil problems means that every drainage challenge is unique and should be carefully evaluated
Soil research includes Soil Classification, Soil Functions which covers multi-functionality of soils, soil quality, soil structure, nutrient cycling, water purification, soil biodiversity and carbon sequestration.
World Soil Day
World Soil Day is marked on 5 December each year. Teagasc has a long history of soils research and is currently working at the cutting edge of soils research in association with national and international collaborators.