Farm Programmes
Check your soil health with the underpants test
Siobhán Walsh
The underpants soil test is a simple way of examining the health of your soil. It’s a good idea to try it on a few parts of the farm.
14 September 2022 Footprint Farmers
Coppicing upside-down toilet brush hedges
Coppicing hedgerows can help to rejuvenate the plants and create hedgerows good for stockproofing, carbon storage and biodiversity.
7 September 2022 Footprint Farmers
The hedge-cutting contractor doesn’t always know best
It’s important to manage hedgerows properly so that they can work well for stock-proofing, shelter, carbon storage and biodiversity.
It’s time to get planning if you haven’t already
Fodder budgets and cropping plans should all be considered as we move into September, as well as lime application and slurry testing.
31 August 2022 Footprint Farmers
Low inputs adding up on this year’s winter wheat
Gareth Culligan is trying to reduce chemical inputs on his farm. He is focused on diversity on his farm.
24 August 2022 Footprint Farmers
Records key to progress on Waterford farm
It’s been a busy harvest, but keeping on top of the books is essential to improving crop and farm performance.
17 August 2022 Footprint Farmers
Counting carbon on Tullamore Farm
Here are the soil carbon results from samples taken to 30cm on Tullamore Farm.
10 August 2022 Footprint Farmers
Farming can be the solution in emissions reduction
Agricultural land can store carbon in the soil, trees and hedgerows to offset emissions produced by the industry.
3 August 2022 Footprint Farmers
Looking at the soil carbon results in more detail
This week, we look at the soil carbon results and the variation in these results taken on the farms in the Footprint Farmers Programme.
27 July 2022 Footprint Farmers
Storing an average 74.2t/ha of carbon on the Footprint Farms
Storing carbon can help to combat emissions, as that carbon is taken in from the atmosphere.
20 July 2022 Footprint Farmers
Soil carbon higher than 300kg/ha on some Footprint Farms
There is huge potential to store more carbon in soil on Irish farms. Results from the Footprint Farmers Programme detail some of the potential.
20 July 2022 Footprint Farmers
Planting multispecies and red clover swards on Tullamore Farm
A multispecies sward and a red clover sward have been planted on Tullamore Farm. We will keep you up to date on progress with these sward.
13 July 2022 Footprint Farmers