What are the new soil testing requirements?
Northern Ireland farmers will soon have soil testing requirements on their land before using chemical phosphorus-rich manures and phosphorus fertilisers in 2020.
When will these soil testing requirements be introduced?
This requirement will take effect from 1 January 2020 under the Nutrient Action Programme 2019-2022. Farmers receiving the Basic Payment Scheme must comply with soil testing requirements.
Regular soil testing is vital to ensure the correct fertiliser is used. Fertiliser costs represent good value for money when used correctly. However, fertiliser application rates that are either too low, or too high will yield lower returns on the investment made (Agriland).
When is the best time to take soil samples to follow the soil testing requirements?
How can we help?
Use our testing kit to follow the new 2o2o requirements.
- When taking a soil sample mix the cores well in a bucket before placing a representative sample in a bag.
- Send to our laboratories for testing.
- Receive a detailed report of the soil contents with expert advice on how to comply with the new soil testing requirements.
At Southern Scientific, we offer an extensive range of Agricultural Soil Suites to customers nationwide, including Northern Ireland.
Contact us to arrange to test – We would be happy to discuss your soil testing requirements and any queries you may have.