You could save up to €23 per acre on fertiliser by soil testing on land with high P and K levels, stocked at 2 dairy cows/ha.
Soils with higher fertility need less fertilizers and soil testing can save you money by identifying what parts of your farm have low fertility and need extra fertilizer to improve productivity.
It will also help to plan fertilizer, slurry and manure spreading
Consider soil testing at least every five years. It’s an indicator of soil fertility levels.
The annual cost of soil sampling is roughly 50 cents/acre/year – the same cost as 0.5 units/acre of P fertilizer.
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