Nutrient Management – What is it and why should we do it?
Sustainability, a topic widely spoken about in today’s farming community. With derogation guidelines and spreading constraints, nutrient management is a tool that can be easily utilised by all farmers to aid in maximising the output of their land in a sustainable way....read more
7 steps to a successful reseeding this autumn
The window of opportunity for successful grassland reseeding was limited earlier this season due to unfavourable ground conditions and slow grass growth. The current grass growth conditions will lend themselves to an encouraging reseeding opportunity this autumn....read more
Fertiliser for second cut silage – what is required?
In most cases around the country, first cut silage is now secured. The 2021 silage harvesting season was a shadow of 2020, due to poor growth conditions in April and May. In general silage harvesting ran 10 days later than usual, which helped to bulk up crops but...read more
Fertiliser after first cut silage; what should I consider?
Many farmers have closed off paddocks for first cut silage, as it will take 6 to 8 weeks for the grass to reach its optimum maturity. The target harvest date is usually May and will be very dependent on the closing date and the amount of fertiliser applied. If your...read more
Why consistent yield and quality are essential for Co. Wexford racehorse trainer
For Wexford racehorse trainer, Paul Nolan, using Target Fertilisers has increased his farm’s efficiency and yield, while also increasing the quality of his grassland. Paul accredits this to identifying an applicable fertiliser programme. “In my business, producing...read more
Fertiliser for Tillage Crops: Your Questions Answered
Conditions for winter sowing were ideal in autumn 2020, and as a result, many tillage farmers across the country are in a far better position than at the same time last year. Overall, winter crops are looking good and, hopefully, weather conditions will continue to...read more
How Sulphur is a critical nutrient for grass growth and health
One of the essential elements in the process of protein formation in plants such as grass, and in improving the quality of both grazed grass and silage or hay is Sulphur (S). The availability of S to the crop depends on wet and dry deposition from the atmosphere and...read more
Target early grass nutrition to manage yield throughout the grazing season
For many years the value of grass has been highlighted as a critical factor in the overall profitability of grassland farms. Ireland's climate is ideal to maximise grass growth. Grass is by far the cheapest feed available and for this reason, great care is required...read more
How to improve grass profitability
As the cheapest feed source available to Irish farmers, grass, when conditions are favourable, can be grown in abundance. However, research conducted by Teagasc has shown that up to 85% of Irish soils are lacking the correct nutrients required to maximise grass...read more