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Patrick Forrestal

Research Officer - Soil Science Agronomy

Research Interests

  • Nitrogen dynamics in agro-ecosystems
  • Gaseous Nitrogen emissions from fertiliser N, urine and dung
  • Improving crop nutrient use efficiency
  • Macro and Micronutrient bio-availability
  • Cover-cropping, no-tillage systems, and soil microbiology
  • Variety testing

Current Projects

  • Sustainable Nitrogen Fertiliser Use and Disaggregated Emissions of Nitrogen on grassland and arable systems

Education

Ph.D (focus on agronomy and soil science)
University of Maryland, U.S.A

M.Agr.Sc (focus on plant pathology and agronomy)
University College Dublin, Ireland

B.Agr.Sc (Animal and crop production)
University College Dublin, Ireland

Articles in Refereed Journals

Forrestal, P.J., R.J. Kratochvil., and J.J. Meisinger. 2012. Late-season corn measurements to assess soil residual nitrate and nitrogen management. Agron. J. 104:148-157.

Hunt, Jr., E.R., W.D. Hively, G.W. McCarty, R.J. Kratochvil, P.J. Forrestal, J.L. Carr, N.F. Allen, J. Fox-Rabinovitz, and C. Miller. 2011. NIR-green-blue high-resolution digital images for assessment of winter cover crop biomass. GIScience and Remote Sensing 48:86-98.

Abstracts/Papers in Conference Proceedings

Richards, K., G.J. Lanigan, R.J. Laughlin, C. Watson, M. Harty, D. Wall, L. Roche, C. Elliot, L. Shaw, D. Krol, and P.J. Forrestal. 2013. Quantification of specific N2O emission factors and the assessment of fertiliser mitigation options for grassland and spring barley. Green House Gases and Animal Agriculture – 2013 – Dublin, Ireland

Forrestal, P.J., R.J. Kratochvil., and J.J. Meisinger. 2011. Fall to winter soil nitrate retention and profile distribution in winter wheat: effects of starter and preceding corn nitrogen applications. ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Joint International Meetings - 2011 - San Antonio, Texas.

Kratochvil, R.J., P.J. Forrestal, M. Islam, and P. Watkins. 2011. Cultivar maturity as an avoidance strategy for Asian soybean rust in the Mid-Atlantic. ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Joint International Meetings - 2011 - San Antonio, Texas.

Kratochvil, R.J., and P.J. Forrestal. 2011. Corn residual nitrate and its implications for nitrogen management in winter wheat.North East Branch ASA meetings - 2011 - Chesapeake Beach, Maryland.

Forrestal, P.J., R.J. Kratochvil, and J.J. Meisinger. 2011. Late-season corn measurements to assess nitrogen management and residual nitrate potential. The 65th Northeastern Corn Improvement Conference - 2011- Newark, Delaware.

Forrestal, P.J., R.J. Kratochvil., J.J. Meisinger, B. Momen, J. Costa, and J. Sullivan. 2010. Capitalizing on residual nitrate for winter wheat establishment: a fall nitrate test. ASA, CSSA, SSSA Joint International Annual Meetings - 2010 - Long Beach, California.

Hunt, Jr., E. W. Hively, J. Carr, N. Allen, G. McCarty, R. Kratochvil, and P.J. Forrestal. 2010. Low-altitude aircraft imagery for assessment of winter cover-crop biomass and nitrogen content. ASA, CSSA, SSSA Joint International Annual Meetings - 2010 - Long Beach, California.

Forrestal, P.J., R.J. Kratochvil, and J.J. Meisinger. Impact of corn performance and nitrogen rates on residual nitrate. 2010.The 64th Northeastern Corn Improvement Conference - 2010 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Forrestal, P.J., R.J. Kratochvil, and J.J. Meisinger. 2009. Can a fall nitrate test improve wheat nitrogen management in the Mid-Atlantic, USA? ASA, CSSA, SSSA Joint International Annual Meetings - 2009 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Forrestal, P.J., R.J. Kratochvil, and J.J. Meisinger. 2009. Do in and post-season corn based measurements predict corn performance and/or residual nitrate? ASA, CSSA, SSSA Joint International Annual Meetings - 2009 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Forrestal, P.J., R.J. Kratochvil, and J.J. Meisinger. 2008. Evaluating corn based prediction tools to identify adequacy of soil residual nitrate for wheat establishment in the Mid-Atlantic. ASA, CSSA, SSSA Joint International Annual Meetings - 2008 - Houston, Texas.

Select Invited, Extension and Nutrient Management Presentations

Forrestal, P.J. 2011. Physiological requirements for high grain yields. Irish Tillage and Land Use Society Annual Meeting - 2011 - Athy, Co. Kildare.

  • Mary Harty
  • Leanne Roche