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Replacing silage offtakes and maintaining soil fertility

Mark Plunkett, soil and plant nutrition specialist with Teagasc joins Ciarán Lynch on the latest OviCast podcast to discuss some key areas to maintain soil fertility.

Mark discusses the importance of replacing p & K off takes from surplus silage and discusses the fertiliser requirements for those considering a second cut of silage with Mark outlining a number of options.

He also explains why sulphur inclusion is an important consideration highlighting the responses achieved on a range of soils there is a discussion on the benefits of low emissions slurry spreading at this stage of the season.

Lime usage nationally is highlighted as well as explaining why current ground conditions provide an ideal opportunity to consider applying some to correct soil pH issues. 

Finally, there is a discussion on the use of Protected urea as a choice of N fertiliser during this stage of the season.

For more episodes from the OviCast podcast, visit the show page at: www.teagasc.ie/ovicastpodcast