Soil Sampling Made Easy

Because productive soils are the foundation of a successful farm.

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New Design Soil Sampler

€125 €85

Developed in Ireland, for land management, our soil sampler is the only core sampling tool you will need for a quick and effective sample. We have developed our soil sampler to quickly and easily take high quality samples from all sorts of ground, from sandy to rocky and everything in between.

This soil sampler provides a professional sampling solution that can cope with even the most difficult Irish soils. The handy foot pedal provides strength and control when dealing with stony or compacted soil, and the balanced design makes one handed operation a breeze.

M&M Engineering have designed our soil sampler to stand the test of time, with a hardened nose cone offering damage protection.

Specifications:

  • Core depth: 10cm
  • Core diameter: 17mm

New Design Soil Sampler

£125 £85

Developed in Ireland, for land management, our soil sampler is the only core sampling tool you will need for a quick and effective sample. We have developed our soil sampler to quickly and easily take high quality samples from all sorts of ground, from sandy to rocky and everything in between.

This soil sampler provides a professional sampling solution that can cope with even the most difficult Irish soils. The handy food pedal provides strength and control when dealing with stony or compacted soil, and the balanced design makes one handed operation a breeze.

M&M Engineering have designed our soil sampler to stand the test of time, with a hardened nose cone offering damage protection.

Specifications:

  • Core depth: 10cm
  • Core diameter: 17mm

HIGH QUALITY SOIL SAMPLERS

Good, productive soils are crucial to any successful farm, and getting the right balance of fertilisers at the right time is essential to maintaining a productive field. Fertiliser accounts for around 15 to 20 per cent of a dairy farm’s costs, and efficient management of these is one of the most effective way for a farm to stay profitable.

Soil sampling is a vital stage in the management of soil fertility, and taking good soil samples will lay the building blocks of good nutrient advice. Analysis will reveal levels of P, K and Mg as well as soil acidity, giving you the knowledge you require to appropriately administer fertiliser, lime and manure.

Regular soil monitoring is important, as the more information you have, the more you can spot emerging trends, and therefore adjust your nutrient management practices as a result. Our soil sampler has been developed to make this an easy task for you to complete, saving you money, hassle and time by ensuring you get the right samples, at the right time.

M&M sell the only Teagasc approved soil sampler in Ireland. Our product is designed to be high quality and to have a long lifespan, so that your money is wisely invested. We work hard to keep our prices low, so that you can take control of your soil sampling in an affordable way.

QUICK & EASY SOIL SAMPLING

USER FRIENDLY NEW DESIGN

HIGH QUALITY, LOW PRICES

User Friendly New Design

We’ve overhauled our soil sampler design to make it even easier for you to use. You’ll pick up the technique in moments, letting you take control of your soil sampling and get the job done well. Exciting new features such as the specially hardened nose cone means your sampler will last longer, and the useful foot pedal makes it even easier to tackle those stony or compacted typical Irish soils.

Our soil sampler is now available at an even lower cost. Quality, reliable and effective; this is all the soil sampler you’ll ever need.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOIL SAMPLING

WHERE SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR SAMPLES?

Regular soil sampling will give you a field by field analysis of how your fields are doing. With this information, you’ll be able to tailor your nutrient strategy to accommodate the different fertility levels of your individual fields. By taking all the nutrients into account during soil sampling, you’ll be able to achieve a perfect balance in the soil so that the fertiliser can be effectively taken up by your growing crop.

It can be helpful to create a soil sampling map to define different areas. This will inform you where you need to take your samples, and will help you identify various fields or management blocks individually. Matching these up to the results you receive lets you build a more efficient fertiliser strategy, saving you money and making your farm more productive.

1.How To Take Core Samples?

Soil sampling is easy, and with our sampling tool you’ll be done in no time. Here’s how to do it:

  • Take a sample every 2 to 4 ha
  • Walk in a W shaped pattern across the sampling area
  • Take separate samples from areas that are very different in type, history, slope or drainage
  • Avoid unusual areas, such as around drinking troughs or where manure has been heaped
  • Take at least 20 cores to the full 10cm depth
  • Place in your own container, a

2. When To Take Samples

Sampling should take place every 3 – 5 years, as nutrients can change gradually over time. Problem areas may require more regular sampling, to check how added P and K are improving the soil. Soil sampling usually takes place between September and March. You may need to wait some time if you have recently treated the field, for example:

  • Lime: Allow two years or more for an accurate pH reading
  • Fertiliser: At least three months if you have applied P and K fertiliser
  • Slurry / manure: Wait for at least three months after the last application

Waiting longer periods of time will ensure your results are more accurate, so try to schedule your soil sampling at the most appropriate time for your farm.

3. Costs & Benefits To Soil Sampling

Soil testing represents a relatively small annual cost to landowners and farmers overall. You’ll get back field by field information about your farm, giving you important insight into how to get the best out of your land.

A standard test includes pH, P and K testing, which is taken once every five years, on a 10-acre plot of land, will cost in the region of €0.50 per acre per year. This type of test will also include N, P and K advice, as well as testing for lime. The exact cost of your test will depend on the lab you are using and the level of detail you are looking for.

The benefits of soil testing are many, and in an age where farmers are trying to find efficiencies so that their businesses stay profitable, it’s essential. Not only could soil testing reduce the amount of expensive fertiliser you need to use, it can also help