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Silage, lime, sunflowers, bees and clover
Siobhán Walsh
The Footprint Farmers are always making some changes on their farms to improve sustainability.
A busy time of this Wexford farm - from wool to honey
It’s a busy time on Tykillen Farm in Co Wexford, with sheep to be shorn and haylage to be made.
Simple steps to improve grass utilisation
Andrew Mulhare is a mixed beef and tillage farmer, farming 54ha outside Ballybrittas, Co Laois.
Testing silage ahead of harvesting on the Footprint Farms
Testing silage for nitrates and sugars ahead of harvesting can be useful, but factors like the weather and the availability of contractors will impact how these test results are used.
Almost 900ha of soil carbon sampling on the Footprint Farms
Soil carbon sampling is being carried out on the Footprint Farms at present. Almost 900ha will be sampled over the next few weeks.
Some steps to improve silage quality
Producing high-quality silage could save a lot of money this season, as fertiliser and concentrate costs reach exceptionally high prices.
Testing plants can make you money
Taking a plant sample can help to identify nutrient deficiencies early and therefore reduce yield losses from that deficiency.
What do the water test results look like on the footprint farms?
Samples were taken to ensure our Footprint Farms have adequate water quality.
27 April 2022 Footprint Farmers
Plant counts can help to improve establishment
Plant counts are a simple and easy tool to help to examine how successful plant establishment was.
20 April 2022 Footprint Farmers
100% clover distribution means complete nitrogen cut
It is essential to walk fields properly and record what you see to give confidence in making decisions on artificial nitrogen application.
13 April 2022 Footprint Farmers
Buds coming on new hedgerow on Tullamore Farm
People are often fearful when they plant a hedge and are then told to clip it back, but it helps to provide a good dense hedgerow, which is stock-proof and provides shelter.
How to assess clover and inform nitrogen decisions
Assessing clover distribution on farms can inform reseeding and fertiliser application decisions.
6 April 2022 Footprint Farmers