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Applying slurries to growing crops - a Cork farmer’s experience

Tom Barry, a Cork farmer near Mallow, chats to Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast about applying pig slurry to growing winter crops.

Tom has been applying slurries to his land for over 20 years and says the benefits are twofold.  

“I can reduce costs by €150/ac or more and increase yields by three quarters of a ton per acre,” said Tom.

Michael McCarthy, Tom’s Teagasc tillage advisor, pointed to the level of nutrients which were measured at 14 units of Nitrogen, 5 units Phosphate, and 15 units of Potassium per 1,000 gallons.  

Michael said “We measure the dry matter to calculate the usable nutrients and we estimate close to 100% of these nutrients will be utilised by the crops this year.”

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