While it is recognised that soil testing is the cornerstone in any nutrient management planning, many farmers are still slow to participate in soil testing programmes. Soil samples in Ireland are mainly carried out for cross-compliance purposes. A 2012 Teagasc survey showed that only 41% of samples analysed are used for fertilizer planning.
They can make more informed buying decisions that save money in the long run. If you don’t understand the fertility status of the soils under management it is extremely difficult, costly and time-consuming to then ensure the right fertilizer product, application rate, and method of application are being used to maximise return.