Crops Harvest Update from Cork and Carlow
This week, the Tillage Edge podcast gets a crops harvest update from the counties of Cork and Carlow with Phelim McDonald of Teagasc, Carlow and Elaine Clifford, Teagasc, Cork joining presenter Michael Hennessy with the latest information.
Forestry and climate change mitigation: The role of Sitka spruce and how its continued improvement will play a key role in climate change mitigation
Sitka spruce is the predominant species used in Irish forests. The species is extremely well adapted to growing in Irish conditions, it loves the rain. Over 300,000 hectares of Sitka spruce is planted in Ireland all this biomass growing vigorously represents a significant carbon store. Researcher Niall Farrelly and Walsh Scholar Ronan Cashell have more information.
An Interesting Career in Forestry
Derek Gibson works in the Forestry Development Department in Teagasc as a Forestry Technician. His overall role is to provide support to the forestry researchers on all aspects of the research work being undertaker. Here he gives more information on his interesting role.
Mushroom Picking Technology
Mushroom growers face a constant challenge of recruiting and retaining staff to harvest their crops. Teagasc Mushroom Advisor Donal Gernon is hosting a Mushroom Picking Technology webinar featuring Axis Technology. This webinar gives mushroom growers an insight into a mushroom picking system currently being adopted on a large farm in Canada.
Tillage Newsletter - July 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team. In this month's edition: Cash flow and financial management; The five-minute cash flow; Grass weeds; Oilseed rape; Beet; and Health & Safety - Work at heights is dangerous.
Blight Control and Potato Crops Supply in 2020
Shay Phelan, Crops & Potato Specialist, Teagasc, Oak Park joined Mark Plunkett on the Tillage Edge podcast this week. Shay discussed potato blight control, blight programmes, products available and their effective use.
Virtual Talking Timber
The Forestry Development Department in Teagasc hosted a very informative virtual webinar - 'Talking Timber' on Tuesday July 14th. The webinar covered all aspects of thinning conifers. Staff from Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) gave advice and answered questions
Broadleaf Tree Plantations Increasing in Ireland
Twenty-nine percent of the forest estate in Ireland is broadleaf (195,000 ha). The main broadleaf species present are birch, ash, alder, oak, beech and sycamore, predominantly planted within the last three decades and as single-species blocks. Dr Ian Short, Forestry Research Officer, talks about some of the latest research in broadleaf silviculture in a recent episode of The Research Field podcast.
Tillage Update- Be Harvest Ready
Harvest is the busiest time of year for tillage farmers but also poses the greatest health and safety risk. In this Tillage update, advice is given on carrying out maintenance on all machinery prior to harvesting and ensuring safe work practices are carried out on the farm. The update also looks at the potato crop and the blight that the crop is susceptible to.
The Signpost Series - Forestry webinar
In his presentation, Teagasc Forestry Specialist Tom Houlihan explains the positive role that well-planned and sustainably managed farm forests can play in addressing climate change challenges. He highlights the significant forest resource that exists in Ireland and how expanding this resource can provide further multiple benefits, both for forest owners and society.
Paul Fitters lecturer in the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens takes us on a walk through his wildflower meadow at two different stages in May and June 2020. The meadow has been 15 years’ in the making and is improving year on year.
Frost damage in older plantations
This year the mid May frosts in may have caused substantial damage to trees around the country. Both broadleaf and conifer trees have been affected. Forestry Development Officers Kevin O’Connell and John Casey have some advice on assessing the damage and options available
Combine set up and the importance of stopping grass weed seeds spreading during harvest
Dermot Forristal, Teagasc was the guest on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to speak to Michael Hennessy about combine set up and also the importance of stopping grass weed seeds spreading during harvest.
Tillage Update - 2nd July
This week's update has information and advice on machinery hygiene, crop records and an update on blight control on potatoes. Listen to the latest The Tillage Edge Podcast covering machinery hygiene and how to do it before and during the harvesting season; watch a video on how to clean down a combine.
Stopping the spread of grass weeds: cleaning harvest machines
Difficult-to-control grass weeds are becoming an increasing problem on Irish tillage farms. This fact sheet outlines the basics of machine cleaning at harvest and gives guidance to growers and contractors on the actions to take.
Tillage Update June 25th
Now is a good time to walk your crops, assess some of the management decisions made and review what worked well and what you might change for next year. Tillage specialist Ciaran Collins has some advice
The PRCD and the Challenges of Proposed Pesticide Reductions of 50%
Gordon Rennick, PRCD, for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) joined Michael Hennessy on the Tillage Edge podcast this week. Gordon explained that PRCD stands for the Pesticide Registration and Control Division of the DAFM and the unit has a wide range of roles from registering pesticides, residue testing, inspecting retail and farmers along with a host of other diverse work.
Talking Timber – our popular annual timber marketing event is back. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are coming to you online with Virtual Talking Timber. We support forest owners in thinning their conifer forests, grow quality timber and sell it successfully.
Teagasc launches - ‘A Forest to Suit Every Farm’ booklet
Teagasc has launched a new booklet, ‘A Forest to Suit Every Farm’, which highlights innovative approaches and experiences of forest owners across Ireland.
Young driver machinery safety and other areas for farm safety improvement
Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s episode of the Tillage Edge Podcast to discuss machinery safety for young drivers and also other safety areas around the farmyard.
Tillage Update June 18th
This weeks update has information from on the likely impact of the drought. There are also updates from specialist Mark Plunkett on winter crops, spring crops, spring beans, beet and maize.
Drought impact on Tillage farms
Teagasc estimate the output from the cereal sector in Ireland is expected to reduce by at least €100 million this year following the effects of the prolonged drought which has severely affected crops in the eastern half of the country.
Farm Forests – Delivering on Biodiversity and Water Quality
Farm forests are a multi-functional resource – delivering for timber production, as a land use resource and offering favourable financial returns. Forestry Specialist Tom Houlihan gives information on their contribution to biodiversity and water quality.
Tillage Update - 11th June
Included in the crops update this week is information on support from Teagasc, winter and spring cereals, listen to the latest Tillage Edge Podcast episode focusing on crop inspection and watch videos on disease control advice for potatoes.
How to deal with broad leaf weed control and herbicide resistance issues
On the Teagasc Tillage Edge podcast this week, Michael Hennessy was joined by Liz Glynn of Corteva, who chatted about broad leaf weed control and herbicide resistance issues in Ireland.
Multiple Benefits of a Farm Forest
Forestry is a wonderful resource with many uses and benefits, these include timber production, shade and shelter, biodiversity and recreation and wellbeing. Teagasc forestry advisor Frances McHugh has more information.
Tillage Newsletter - June 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team. In this month's edition: Spring barley & Winter Wheat Disease control; Grass weed control; Spring oats; Beans; Spring wheat - PGR and disease control; Health & Safety - Farm deaths rise.
Forestry Newsletter - June 2020
Get the latest news and advice from the Teagasc Forestry team. In this month's edition topics include: RDS Forest and Woodland Awards; Seasonal management tips; Keep in touch and Research Update - Continuous cover forestry research.
Tillage update June 4th
Included in the crops update this week is the impact of the drought on crops, grass weeds in tillage crops, and blight control in potatoes
How to deal with the current drought effects on spring barley
The Tillage Edge this week is discussing current drought effects on spring barley and the final crop management decisions to be made. Joining Michael Hennessy was Eoin Lyons, Teagasc Boortmalt Joint Programme Advisor who told Michael that there is quite a difference in crops across the south east region where he works.
Virtual Crop Walk
This event had feeds from Cork, Wexford and Meath. A panel in the studio discussed these regional differences and how farmers can best manage crops in their area.
Dry Weather Advice for Tillage Farmers
Many crops around the country are under considerable moisture stress at the moment. Ciaran Collins Teagasc crops specialist has some timely advice
Your Forest and Your Well Being
Forests can provide a wonderful setting, allowing you to connect with nature and experience a range of positive benefits for the body mind and soul,
Tips & advice for potato agronomy at this time of year
Dr. Denis Griffin, Potato Breeder in Oak Park, Teagasc joined Michael Hennessy on this episode of the Tillage Edge to discuss tips and advice for potato agronomy.
Tillage Update May 28th
Included in this weeks update is the Virtual Crop walk, the variation in spring crops due to rainfall variation, spring beans, grass weeds and the mangold fly in fodder beet,
Timing of the Final Fungicide in Oats
Final fungicide in winter oats is critical to prevent diseases such as mildew and crown rust from infecting the panicle which will affect grain quality and yield.
Teagasc Oak Park Crops Update
In this video we get a quick look at some of the commercial crops in Oak Park in the 3rd week of May with John Hogan & Dermot Forristal outlining some of the crop management strategies to date.
Rewarding forestry and farming working together
Successfully integrating forestry and farming can have rich sustainability dividends. The RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Award recognises farmers who are leading the way.
Tillage Update - 21st May
This week there are updates on the impact on crops of below average rainfall; common nutrient deficiencies in crops; watch videos on chocolate spot control in beans and weed control in fodder beet; listen to the latest podcast on grass weeds.
Dealing with tillage grass weeds including wild oats and blackgrass
Tillage grass weeds including wild oats and blackgrass were the topic for discussion on this week’s Tillage Edge and Michael Hennessy was joined by Jimmy Staples, manager of the Enable Conservation Agriculture project in Teagasc.
Bonus Ep: Winter Wheat Virtual Crop Walk
On this bonus episode of the Tillage Edge, we're bringing you our virtual crop walk from Oak Park focusing on winter wheat.
The Birch and Alder Improvement Programme
The development of birch as a commercial forestry tree species supports government policy in the desire to increase diversity in Irish forestry. Oliver Sheridan, Forestry Researcher with Teagasc Ashtown, discusses the commercial development of Birch in Ireland on a recent episode of The Research Field Podcast.
Winter Wheat T2 Disease Control
The T2 fungicide applied at flag leaf in winter wheat is hugely important. Steven Kildea, plant pathologist at Oak park explains how to weave your way through this minefield of choice to select the most effective programme.
Early Season Disease Control in Spring Barley
In this video Eoin Lyons, Teagasc Crops explains when the timing is right to apply the first fungicide.
Bonus Ep: Spring Barley Virtual Crop Walk
On this bonus episode of the Tillage Edge, we're bringing you our virtual crop walk from Oak Park focusing on spring barley.
Tillage Update - 14th May
Get the latest advice on winter and spring crops. Watch recordings from the recent Virtual Crop Walk in Teagasc Oak Park and watch a video on the best strategies for wild oat control in cereals. Fill out a grass weeds survey.
Prospects for Crops for the Year Ahead
John Spink, Head of the Crops Environment and Land Use Programme in Teagasc joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to chat about the difficulties of getting trials into the ground this year and the prospects for crops for the year ahead.
Bonus Ep: Winter Barley Virtual Crop Walk
On this bonus episode of the Tillage Edge podcast, we're bringing you our virtual crop walk from Oak Park focusing on winter barley.
Looking up in woods - some blue sky thinking
This video asks you to consider the benefits of trees and how we can each play our part in increasing the level of forest cover in Ireland.
Disease Control in Spring Barley
On the Teagasc Tillage Edge podcast this week, Michael Hennessy was joined by Deirdre Doyle, Technologist in Oak Park, Carlow who chatted about disease control in spring barley.
Tillage Update May 7th
Get the latest advice on disease control in cereals and weed control in maize, potatoes and beet. Videos are on timing the final fungicide on winter barley, ramularia control and best practice for weed control in potatoes.
Tillage Newsletter - May 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Crops team. In this month's edition topics include: Winter wheat; beans; Spring barley disease control; Winter oats; products being prohibited in 2020 & Winter barley.
Ramularia Control in Winter Barley
In this video, Steven Kildea, Teagasc Crops discusses when it is time to apply the final spray and also highlights how to protect those leaves that are going to contribute to yield.
Using sprayers efficiently
Your sprayer, whether it’s a large new trailed sprayer or a second-hand unit, has the task of applying the product evenly. Dermot Forristal, Teagasc Crops has some advice on using it efficiently.
Weed Control Strategies in Spring Barley
Eoin Lyons, Teagasc/Boortmalt Joint Programme Advisor joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s episode of The Tillage Edge podcast to discuss weed control strategies in spring barley.
Tillage Update April 29th
Get the latest advice on weed control in spring cereals, using sprayers efficiently and bean weevil control in spring beans. Our latest videos are on wild oat control in cereals, bean weevil in spring beans and using sprayers efficiently.
TILLAGE: Get the latest advice on spring & winter cereals; disease control & plant growth regulator programmes; nitrogen for feed & malting barley. Checkout our Podcast and latest videos.
Springtime in your forest
FORESTRY: Spring is a good time to assess your forest’s condition and plan for the future! Good management will help your trees to realise their full economic and environmental potential. Liam Kelly & Noel Kennedy, Forestry Development Officers.
Tillage Update - April 16th
TILLAGE: Tips on winter cereals; plant growth regulators & disease control advice; nitrogen for malting barley. Podcast on early season disease control in winter wheat. Watch a video on nitrogen timing for spring malting barley.
Fertiliser application: Headland Spreading
CROPS: Headlands make up a large proportion of a field. Headlands often display the greatest variation in fertiliser application.Dermot Forristal outlines why is it important to spread fertiliser evenly on headands?
Crop Improvement and Speed breeding
TILLAGE: PODCAST - Dheeraj Rathore. The Crop Science department in Teagasc Oak Park is focused on developing cost effective cropping systems to support the profitability and environmental sustainability of Irish tillage farmers
Tillage Update - 9 April
TILLAGE: Tips on winter cereals; winter barley nitrogen and disease control advice; growth regulators and diseases; nitrogen for malting barley. VIDEO on winter barley disease control. PODCAST on nitrogen strategies rates
12 ways the Teagasc Forestry Development Department continues to support you
12 different ways the Teagasc Forestry Development Department continues to support you during these difficult times
Teagasc Tillage Update
TILLAGE: Get some tips on spring barley; winter cereals; winter barley nitrogen advice; growth regulators and diseases. Watch videos on the fertiliser application rates required to match off takes and on fertiliser spreader calibration and set up.
COVID-19: Relevant financial supports for Horticultural Producers and their Employees
Teagasc Horticultural Development Department, in producing this short communication, aim to compile information available from the relevant competent authorities (mainly DBEI) regarding relevant financial business supports being made available by government.
Teagasc Tillage Update
TILLAGE: The weather is improving allowing sowing to take place. Get some tips on planting beans. If you are planting spring cereals. plant wheat, oats and malting barley first. Watch the winter barley update and P & K requirements for winter cereals.
COVID-19: Information for Horticultural Producers
HORTICULTURE: Teagasc Horticultural Development Department has compiled a document with information available from the relevant competent authorities and some suggestions for producers to consider in the coming weeks.
How does your forest grow?
FORESTRY: Tree planting is a significant undertaking, the decisions taken at planting time can determine the results over many years. Questions that should be asked and answered prior to planting