Soil fertility – can you afford to ignore it?

  • Soil fertility – can you afford to ignore it?
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    Albert Einstein once said “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”.
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Albert Einstein once said “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”.

This claim often draws vivid comments, but when the edges tight everything should be questioned. As a rule, fertilizer and food prices arise in a conversation about improving profitability.

Obviously, we are almost in the price of materials, but we have control over the amount of fertilizer and nutrition, purchased on our own farms, and how effectively they are used.

The benefits of spreading lime are well documented; for every €1 spent on lime gives you €7 to get back.

A sample of soil is often ignored, but can you afford to ignore your soil fertility?

Knowing the price of fertilizer in each cooperative within a 10 km can be useful, but it would be much more useful to know exactly what your soil needs to grow a good crop of grass at the lowest cost?

Financially, between to improve the growth of grass and a little more of the grazing season; the soil fertility has the potential to cut costs on the economy at least €180 per hectare (ha) in the long term.

It costs €4500 – €5000 on 27 hectares (67 acres) are typical for the Roscommon/Longford region.

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Can you afford to ignore it?

Assuming only a modest response; one ton 18-6-12 €360 will grow enough good quality grass to feed cattle 15 (and potentially doubling this number) for three weeks to put on about 1 kg of live weight per day.

To achieve this level of growth otherwise, you will need two tons of flour for the sum of €500+, along with a mediocre quality grass or silage (and the cost of production of this too) to achieve similar growth.

Labor and time involved in the processing of food and the digestion of silage from a tractor to transport a ton of fertilizer, one time for one hour per month must be taken into account.

It’s certainly easier on the pocket, another question that may be easier on the back?

By Kevin McMenamin Drystock Advisor Committee, Longford Town

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