The main soft fruit crop grown in Ireland is the fresh strawberry. This is worth an estimated €47m per annum. Most strawberries are grown under-cover, leading to an extended growing season. Starwberries can now be grown in any part of the country, making it easier to get locally grown crops.
The most popular cane fruit crop grown in Ireland is the raspberry. They are mainly grown under protective cover. Use of different varieties and methods has extended the harvest from May to November.The crop is worth an estimated 4m per annum.
Blueberries are perennial flowering plants producing berries every year. The most popular varieties are Bluecrop,Duke,Draper and Brigitta. They belong to the Genus Vaccinium and prefer to be grown in acid soils.
There are three types of apples produced in Ireland: dessert,culinary and cider apples. Irish apples have been grown commercially for over a century. Around 90% of all fresh apple retail is through the supermarket multiples. Outgraded apples from both dessert and culinary apple production are used to make cider, which consists of about a third of the acreage grown.
Teagasc Berry Seminar 25 April 2019
Adam Whitehouse, NIAB EMR discusses "Malling™ Centenary and Beyond. Progress from the East Malling Strawberry Breeding Programme" at the recent Teagasc Berry Semina
Dr. Mark Else, NIAB EMR, UK discusses the benefits of automated irrigation as well as the latest results from the Water Efficient Technologies (WET) Centre
Barry Caslin, Teagasc discusses the support schemes that are available for renewable heat at the recent Teagasc Berry Seminar