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Focus Farms

The Focus Farms are farmers who have agreed to work with the project to demonstrate and validate first-hand different establishment techniques and integrated weed management (IWM). This network of ten tillage ‘focus farms’ were selected on the basis of:

  • Encompassing plough-based tillage and a variety of non-plough based establishment systems with at least one of the key grass weed problems,
  • Soil and climatic differences, as these FFs are spread across Co. Louth to Co. Cork,
  • A good communicator who can relay their experiences and also willing to implement additional IWM on larger fields (minimum of 12 hectares) and
  • The farmer has a good knowledge of soil health and awareness of herbicides and cultural weed control

Farms
Gareth Culligan, Co. Louth
Gerry, Peter & Gavin Curran, Co. Meath
Adam Goodwin, Co. Kildare
Shay & Michael Grace, Co. Kildare
Brian & Eoin Lyons, Kilkenny
Simon Neville, Co. Wexford
Mark & Garrett Browne, Co. Wexford
Donnie McGrath, Co. Tipperary
Bill Shanahan, Co. Waterford
Billy & Rob Coleman, Co. Cork

Gareth Culligan

Location Co. Louth

Tillage area (ha) 220

Establishment system Direct drill

Primary grass weed Sterile brome & wild oats


Gerry, Peter & Gavin Curran

Location Co. Meath

Tillage area (ha) 150

Establishment system Plough

Primary grass weed Sterile brome

Secondary grass weed Wild oats


Adam Goodwin

Location Co. Kildare

Tillage area (ha) 175

Establishment system Plough

Primary grass weed Great brome & wild oats

Secondary grass weed Sterile brome & canary grass


Shay & Michael Grace

Location Co. Kildare

Tillage area (ha) 160

Establishment system Strip till

Primary grass weed Sterile brome & soft brome

Secondary grass weed Wild oats


Brian & Eoin Lyons

Location Co. Kilkenny

Tillage area (ha) 60

Establishment system Direct drill

Primary grass weed Sterile brome

Secondary grass weed Wild Oats


Simon Neville

Location Co. Wexford

Tillage area (ha) 350

Establishment system Min till

Primary grass weed Canary grass & sterile brome

Secondary grass weed Wild Oats


Mark & Garrett Browne

Location Co. Wexford

Tillage area (ha) 320

Establishment system Min till/strip till

Primary grass weed Wild Oats

Secondary grass weed Sterile brome


Donnie McGrath

Location Co. Tipperary

Tillage area (ha) 125

Establishment system Min till

Primary grass weed Black-grass, sterile brome, great brome & wild oats


Bill Shanahan

Location Co. Waterford

Tillage area (ha) 40

Establishment system Min till

Primary grass weed Black-grass

Secondary grass weed Wild oats


Billy & Rob Coleman

Location Co. Cork

Tillage area (ha) 400

Establishment system Min till/direct drill/broadcasting

Primary grass weed Sterile brome & meadow brome

Secondary grass weed Wild oats & Italian ryegrass