Managing BYDV Risk
Planting a mix of crops, having a range of sowing dates and applying fungicides to control disease are all examples of how tillage farmers can manage risk to their income. This autumn has demonstrated how people view risk. Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Crops Specialist has advice on BYDV risk management
How to use TAMS to cut the cost of machinery
The Tillage TAMS scheme is designed to help tillage farmers modernise while addressing challenges like reducing pesticides & increasing farm safety. On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Michael Hennessy was joined by Oliver Molloy from the Department of Agriculture, to discuss applying for a grant.
Improving The Appearance of your Farm
At various times of the year farms are very busy places of work, and can quickly become untidy and unsafe. However, no matter how busy you are, you must be safety conscience and aim to keep your farm and farmyard neat and tidy at all times. Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Adviser has farm upkeep suggestions
Dr Anne-Marie Butler is the New Head of Teagasc Education
Dr Anne-Marie Butler commenced her role as Head of Teagasc Education programme this week. Dr Butler will lead the Teagasc education programme, delivered through the agriculture & horticulture colleges, Teagasc education centres, and in collaboration with the Universities & Institutes of Technology
Transferring the Family Farm Online Clinic - Part Two
On part two of the Transferring the Family Farm clinic, Deborah Dwyer from the Citizens Information Board made two presentations, firstly looking at the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal) and secondly she discussed the state Pensions (contributory and non-contributory).
Calculating the Carbon Footprint of your Farm
The Environment is at the forefront of all our decisions now as we actively make positive moves to lowering Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). We know Greenhouse gases have a negative impact on our planet. Serena Gibbons, Education Officer Teagasc Athenry looks at how the carbon footprint is calculated
Bioeconomy Week Ireland 2021
As part of Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2021 (18th to 22nd October) Teagasc, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM), Munster Technological University, UCD, Trinity College Dublin, and the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation will present a series of maps on the bioeconomy
Nutrient Loss & the Closed Period for Spreading Manure
The regulated closed period for spreading organic manures is often a source of frustration and annoyance for farmers. This is not surprising given the cost of manure storage and variation in Irish weather. Edward Burgess, Teagasc explains the research supporting the closed period restrictions
Éanna Ní Lamhna on bats and how farmers can improve their habitats
With Halloween fast approaching, one of Ireland’s most recognisable voices Éanna Ní Lamhna joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss all things bats.
Soaring Fertiliser Costs proving Importance of Soil Fertility
Fuel shortages, spiraling costs, lack of labour and talks of power outages are among the topics that are covered when talking to farmers in the last few weeks. Keith Fahy, Teagasc Athenry advisor recommends soil sampling to identify lime deficiency and correcting this to reduce fertiliser bills
Do health when you are Young
On the final day of Ag Mental Health Week John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist looks at the health priorities of young farmers & advises that the younger the age that you start adopting health gain practices the better. He discusses Irish research in the last of his four articles
Securing Positive Mental Health in Farming
Ag Mental Health Week runs to Saturday, Oct 16. This week Teagasc Daily brings you short articles from John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, reminding farmers and all working in agriculture of the importance of mental health awareness. Article 3 focus is: Securing Positive Mental Health
What’s behind the cost of certified seed?
The majority of seed sown on tillage farms every year is Department of Agriculture certified seed and on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast it’s part two of the seed story that tracks the seeds journey from the seed growers field through the seed assembler to the final customer.
How I cut my hedges - Tony Mullins
Enhancing the biodiversity on your farms starts with the correct management of hedgerows. It’s a good time of the year to have a chat with your contractor before he / she starts cutting, providing the contractor with clear guidelines. This video provides more information on improving hedgerows
Tillage Update - 14th October 2021
The dry weather this week is a welcome boost for tillage farmers. Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Crops Specialist, discusses planting of winter cereals, weed and pest control, and maize harvesting.
Don’t feel Impregnable - look after your Health
Ag Mental Health Week runs from Oct 10 to Saturday, Oct 16. All this week Teagasc Daily will bring you series of 4 short articles from John McNamara Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, reminding farmers and all working in agriculture of the importance of mental health awareness. Read the second here
Helping farmers health & well-being
As part of Ag mental health week Conor Hammersley Teagasc PhD Walsh scholar joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss the findings of his study as part of the ‘On Feirm Ground’ project.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter October 2021
This months Signpost newsletter has a particular focus on where a farmer can access the carbon footprint for their farm. We feature some highlights of Moorepark Open Day. Catherine Keena provides a video and short note on hedgerow management. See Farmer profiles, monthly climate actions and updates
It's Ag Mental Health Week 2021
Mental Health Week began on Sunday, Oct 10 and runs until Saturday, Oct 16. During this week Teagasc Daily will bring you series of short articles from John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, reminding farmers and all working in agriculture of the importance of mental health awareness
Transferring the Family Farm Online Clinic - Part 2
Teagasc is holding the second of two Teagasc Transferring the Family Farm Online Seminars, tomorrow Wednesday 13th October at 7.30pm. Expert speakers will explain all you need to know about succession and inheritance when transferring the family farm. Don't miss this. Find out more and Register here
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland publish ASSAP interim report
The second Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report was published recently. The ASSAP programme is a key part of a wider government and community effort to improve water quality in 190 selected priority areas for action (PAA’s) around the country.
Launch of Irish Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (ISMON)
A new Irish Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (ISMON) is being established. The announcement was made by AgMet, the Joint Working Group on Applied Agricultural Meteorology.
Projected higher costs to hit Tillage margins in 2022
Tillage farmers are facing a potentially large decrease in margins for 2022 compared to 2021 due to increasing costs, especially the extraordinary increase in fertiliser prices, a return to trend yields and reflecting forward grain prices. Beans is now very competitive against cereal crops
Environment Newsletter - October 2021
The latest edition of the Environment newsletter has information on: Key management dates; Shop windows; Have that conversation; Know your derogation commitments; and EIP Update - Comeragh upland communities.
Sustainable energy solutions in horticulture using solar PV and Heat Recovery - Webinar
Donal Gernon and Dónall Flanagan, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department hosted a webinar on Tuesday, 28 September which focused on sustainable energy solutions in horticulture using solar PV and Heat Recovery. They were joined by Local Power and European Industrial Chillers representatives
Tillage Update - 7th October 2021
Lower margins for 2022 with beans competing strongly with cereal crops is how Michael Hennessy, Head of Teagasc Crop Knowledge Transfer Department sums up this week's tillage update. He goes on to talk about fertiliser prices, grain price, expected yields in 2022 and factors to consider in budgeting
The journey of certified seed (Part 1)
The majority of seed sown on tillage farms every year is Department of Agriculture certified seed and on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, it is the first in a two-part series that tracks the seed’s journey from breeder through an Irish seed assembler, taking in the seed grower along the way
Tillage Newsletter - October 2021
This month's Tillage Newsletter includes information on: Autumn Planting; Autumn weed control; Oilseed rape; Fertiliser and grain price; and Health & Safety - Check lighting and electrical switches.
Transferring the Family Farm Online Clinic - Part 1
Teagasc is holding the first of two Teagasc Transferring the Family Farm Online Seminars, tomorrow Wednesday 6th October at 7.30pm. Expert speakers will explain all you need to know about succession and inheritance when transferring the family farm. Find out more and Register here
Ireland’s oldest agri college
Based 50km from Galway city, Mountbellew Agri College was Ireland’s first agricultural college having been established in 1904. Irish Tractor & Agri spoke with principal Dr Edna Curley recently to learn more about the courses on offer and how the college was faring in these unprecedented times
Commuting before the pandemic
As some of us return to the work and college after 18 months of working from home, the September Map of the Month looks at pre-pandemic commuting patterns – highlighting how important regional towns are. It is interesting to think how the next survey of commuting will differ.
Professor Frank O’Mara takes over as Teagasc Director
Professor Frank O’Mara commenced his new role as Director of Teagasc today, Friday, 1 October. The appointment was made by the Teagasc Authority in July with the consent of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD.
Kildalton College Open Day - on tomorrow
Kildalton College is hosting an open day for prospective applicants to its course offerings on Friday, 1st October. Tours start at 10am & 11am. Find out how to book your place to attend here.
Tillage Update 30th September 2021
Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist outlines seeding rates for sowing winter cereals. As we move into the window for planting winter cereals it is important to take into account seed thousand grain weights to ensure correct seeding rates.
Pre-emerge weed control in winter cereals
Weed control is one of the first jobs that needs to be completed after a crop has been planted with a number of options available and on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, tillage specialists Shay Phelan and Ciaran Collins join Michael Hennessy to discuss this topic in more detail.
Transferring family farm - Where do I start?
Transferring the family farm is so much more than just a simple business transaction; there are a number of complex issues to be addressed. Catherine Egan, Beef Specialist, discusses how to handle family farm transfers, with insight from Teagasc Financial Management Specialist, James McDonnell.
Teagasc advisors first in Europe to achieve new European Certificate
Two Teagasc advisors are the first in Europe to be awarded the European CECRA certificate. Marie Flynn, Dairy Advisor based in Moorepark advisory office and Cian Condon, Drystock & Goat advisor based in Teagasc Manorhamilton were presented with their certificates by Teagasc KT Director Dr Stan Lalor
Apply now for Pilot Soil Sampling Programme
Today, Monday 27th September sees the opening of a pilot Soil Sampling and Analysis Programme. This is a farm level soil sampling & analysis initiative which will provide farmers and their advisors with comprehensive details about the soil health and condition on their farms. Read how to apply here
Tillage Update 23rd September 2021
Shay Phelan, Tillage Specialist, brings us this week's tillage update. He discusses the main issues that can occur when drilling winter cereals, and provides instructions for calculating seed rate for winter barley. Shay also recaps the Winter Malting Webinar that took place on Monday 20 September.
Minister Heydon views sustainability research in Teagasc Johnstown Castle
Environmental sustainability is now central to all agricultural production in Ireland. Never before has there been more ask for technologies and tools for agriculture to meet the environmental challenges. These societal challenges are at the heart of research in Teagasc Johnstown Castle
The dark mysteries of the soil beneath our feet
Soil is a complex matrix and its chemical composition often depends on the location in the landscape, the parent material underneath, and the influence of the management above. This article by Senior Research Officer, Dr Karen Daly, Teagasc Johnstown Castle first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm last week
Day 2 of the National Crops Forum on carbon farming and nitrate leaching
Day 2 of the National Crops Forum delved into carbon farming and nitrate leaching on tillage farms and on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, you’ll hear from the excellent questions and answers sessions from the forum.
National Crops Forum - Part Two
The annual National Crops Forum took place virtually this year due to Covid19 Restrictions. Part Two of the forum took place on Thursday, 16th September and focused on Carbon Farming & Nitrate Leaching.
Autumn Organic Webinars: The role of multi species swards
The Teagasc Organic Specialists are hosting a series of Autumn organic webinars covering various technical aspects of organic farming. The first of these webinars takes place on Wednesday 22nd September at 7.30pm, focusing on the role of multi species swards on Irish organic farms. Register here
“It’s like admitting you are a failure”: Male farmer mental health help-seeking limited by Masculinity and Identity
Irish male farmers experience some of the highest levels of adverse health outcomes relative to other occupations – particularly in relation to heart disease, cancers and mental health. Despite this, many farmers do not seek help until their illness reaches crisis point. Read a recent Irish study..
Winter Malting Barley Webinar
Teagasc, in conjunction with Boortmalt, are running the Winter Malting Barley webinar on Monday 20th September at 10am. The webinar will cover tops including growers experience and agronomy of growing winter malt, and varieties and seed availability for the coming season. Register here.
The Signpost Series - Combining catchment science & agricultural advice to improve local water quality
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday, 10th September, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Cathal Somers, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor and Philip Murphy, LAWPRO Catchment Scientist to discuss combining catchment science & agricultural advice to improve local water quality.
Taoiseach opens new National Food Innovation Hub at Teagasc Moorepark
An €8.8 million investment by the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine at Teagasc Moorepark was officially opened by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin yesterday, Friday 17th September. The National Food Innovation Hub is a newly constructed facility adjoining Teagasc Food Research Centre Moorepark
Tillage Update 16th September 2021
Ciaran Collins, Tillage Specialist brings us this week's tillage update. He discusses the DAFM cereal recommended lists for 2022, Integrated Pest Management planning (IPM). Ciaran also has details about the upcoming Winter Malting Barley webinar and Autumn Farm walks next week
National Crops Forum - Part One
The annual National Crops Forum takes place virtually this year due to Covid19 Restrictions. Part One of the two-part forum took place on Thursday, 9th September and focused on Agronomy & Grain Markets.
Day 1 of the National Crops Forum on varieties, septoria and grain markets
Day 1 of the National Crops Forum highlighted important information on varieties, septoria and grain markets which is worth listening to if you missed it the first time around. On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast you’ll hear the questions and answers between Michael Hennessy and the speakers.
National Crops Forum - Part Two
The annual National Crops Forum will take place virtually this year due to Covid19 Restrictions. The Forum will take place over two days on Thursday, 9th and 16th September at 11:30am. Find out how to register here and join us this Thursday morning for Part 2.
Invest wisely following bumper harvest
Will this be classed as a bumper year for tillage farmers in years to come? Michael Hennessy, Teagasc Head of Crops takes a closer look and suggests wise options for spending the increased revenue coming through the farm gate while reducing the overall tax bill in the process
'Developing Rural Ireland' - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services - Official Launch
Developing Rural Ireland is a history of the Irish agricultural advisory services. The book written by Dr. Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh documents the important role of the advisory services in rural Ireland from the early 1900s to the current day. Watch the official launch of the book here
Today's Farm - September/October 2021
The September/October edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on Teagasc Moorepark research. It also has articles on autumn weed control in cereals; succession planning; finishing cattle earlier; Connemara/ Mayo Blackface sheep; and more.
Tillage Update - 9th September 2021
Planning for next years crops is well under way on all farms. This planning process should include how these crops are managed through the year. Michael Hennessy, Head of Crop Knowledge Transfer Department gives an overview of factors which need to considered.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Ireland's Nitrates Review
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 3rd September, Pat Murphy Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer was joined by Jack Nolan, Senior Inspector, DAFM, to discuss Ireland's Draft Nitrate Action Programme and the 2nd stage consultation.
The importance of correctly managing hedgerows on tillage farms
Hedgerows are a very important resource within our landscape but over-management is an issue on tillage farms according to Dr Catherine Keena, a Countryside Management Specialist in Teagasc who joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast.
Tillage Newsletter - September 2021
This month's Tillage Newsletter includes information on: National Crops Forum; Autumn planting; Time for soil sampling; Cereal crop P and K requirements; Soil structure assessment; and Health & Safety - Food for thought.
Small woodlands on dairy and drystock farms: Have your say on trees
Forests account for 12% of land area in Ireland. The government target is that forests will make up 18% of the land area by 2046. Rachel Irwin, Teagasc Walsh Scholar is surveying farmers to analyse their perceptions of, attitudes towards, and willingness to plant, trees on farms. Have your say here
National Crops Forum - Part One
The annual National Crops Forum will take place virtually this year due to Covid19 Restrictions. The Forum will take place over two days on Thursday, 9th and 16th September at 11:30am. Find out how to register here and join us for Part 1 this Thursday morning.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter September 2021
This month’s Signpost newsletter features a guide to actions that dairy farmers can take to reduce emissions. We have the usual climate actions for the month as well as a timely video on lime application. We profile 3 Signpost farms – James Skehan (beef) Sean Collery (dairy) & Don Somers (tillage)
Tillage Update - 31st August 2021
Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil and Plant Nutrition Specialist, discusses the importance of correcting soil pH to ensure the efficient use of soil nutrients (N, P K, Mg, S & Ca) and applied nutrients in manures and fertilisers. Also find information about the upcoming National Crops Forum.
Managing headlands and yield reductions of up to 30% on tillage farms
Headlands occupy a significant proportion of fields, particularly in an Irish context – for example, a 24 metre headland makes up 50% of the total area on a 4 hectare field. On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Dr Mark Ward joined Michael Hennessy to discuss his work in this area.
Developing Rural Ireland - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services
A new book that documents the history of the Irish agricultural advisory services and its role in developing rural Ireland, was launched at a virtual event at Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, yesterday, Wednesday 1 September.
Hedgerow Cutting Season Begins
Hedges can be cut from 1 September until the end of February. The Wildlife Act, 1976 (2000) prohibits hedge cutting during the bird nesting season. Here Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and Anthony Dineen, Teagasc Advisor simplify the rules and regulations around Hedges.
Blackgrass - Cultural control options
If herbicides controlled blackgrass, it would not be considered the problem it is. Unfortunately, if blackgrass appears in a field there is a good chance that it will be resistant to some or all of the available herbicides. Ciaran Collins, Tillage Specialist discusses Cultural control options here
Teagasc Improve Aphid Monitoring Infrastructure
In July 2021 Teagasc completed the construction of a 12.2m high insect suction tower at Ashtown Research Centre in Dublin. The tower will help to build understanding of aphid and insect ecology in Ireland. Researchers Michael Gaffney, Ashtown & Louise McNamara, Oak Park are involved in this research
Rural housing density in Ireland - Map of the Month
The August Map of the Month, created by Researchers David Meredith, Rob O’Hara and Jesko Zimmermann looks at the density of rural dwellings in Ireland. It clearly shows the impact of the road network, proximity to towns and cities, and general topography on residential housing density.
Tillage Update - 26th August 2021
In this week's crops update, Michael Hennessy, Head of Crops KT gives an update on harvesting. He also discusses soil sampling, the rising costs of fertilisers, planting oilseed rape, and starting to plan for next year.
Farm Safety Partnership launch action plan for 2021 - 2024
The Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (FSPAC), an advisory committee to the Board of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), recently published its latest Action Plan for 2021-2024, which aims to reduce the level of fatalities, serious injuries and ill health in the agriculture sector.
The area devoted to organic cereal production in Ireland is relatively small, according to Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) figures. However, there is a strong demand from other organic farmers and cereal processors for home-produced grain. Is it an option for you?
The impact of the rising cost of fertilisers on tillage farms
On this week’s episode of The Tillage Edge podcast Shay Phelan talks to Soil Specialist Mark Plunkett about the impact of the rising cost of fertilisers on tillage farms.
Developing Rural Ireland - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services
On Wednesday September 1st the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD will launch a new book documenting the history of the agricultural advisory services in Ireland. Join online for the launch and to hear from the author Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh
Solar PV (Solar Panels) on the farm
Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells work on the principle that energy in the sun is converted to electricity. PV cells are used to convert solar radiation into direct current (DC) electricity. Barry Caslin Teagasc, Rural Economy, has advice on the requirements for setting up Solar panels on the farm here
Tillage Update - 19th August 2021
In this week's tillage update, Shay Phelan, Teagasc Crops Specialist gives an update on the harvest, specifically spring barley and winter wheat. Shay also discusses the straw incorporation measure (SIM) and planting oilseed rape as a break crop. Listen to the latest Tillage Edge podcast.
Harvest Update from Around the Country
Broken weather over the last few weeks has slowed down the progress of the harvest. On this week’s Tillage Edge Podcast Shay Phelan talks to three advisors; Conor Kavanagh in Tipperary, Ciaran Hickey in Enniscorthy and John Brophy in Louth, to get a view from their areas.
Are you a successful new entrant to farming or have you diversified your farm business?
The Teagasc, NEWBIE new entrant competition for 2021 is now open for entries. The competition is open to newcomers to farming, successors and farmers who have diversified their enterprise. Find out how to enter here
Devenish Teagasc partnership to help agri industry meet climate challenge
Ireland’s food and farming sector will have a significant competitive advantage in the global market place by creating one of the world’s most sustainable food systems through a unique collaboration between animal nutrition company, Devenish, and agriculture and food development authority, Teagasc
Increasing soil pH reduces fertiliser derived N2O emissions
A new scientific paper from Teagasc has shown that getting soil pH right through a liming programme can significantly reduce emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas. The Teagasc Signpost Programme brings this important fact to our attention here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Update on ASSAP and Water Quality restoration
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 16th July, Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme was joined by Noel Meehan, ASSAP Manager, Teagasc and Joe Crockett, Dairy Sustainability Ireland to give an update on ASSAP and Water Quality restoration.
Weekend potato blight warning
Potato crops can be attacked by a number of pests and diseases but by far the most common is potato blight. Met Éireann has issued a Blight warning for 14 counties for this weekend with some opportunities for spraying this evening. Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor, Tralee has guidance here
Tillage Update 12th August 2021
Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist reports on tillage topics currently. Rainfall amounts over the last week to 10 days has eased soil moisture deficits (SMD’s) in the majority of the country but in parts of the south east there still is a 30 to 40 mm SMD still present.
Planting Cover Crops
Richie Hackett, a researcher in Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, has been working with cover crops for over 10 years and joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to go through some of his findings - especially the advantages of planting cover crops early.
National Farm Survey: Cereals Enterprise Factsheet 2020
The 2020 Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS) recorded data on over 800 farms, representative of over 90,000 dairy, beef, sheep and tillage farms in Ireland. This factsheet covers data collected on farms with a cereals enterprise.
Signpost Programme Steering Group Meet
The first meeting of the Signpost Programme Steering Group was held on Wednesday 28 July, in Teagasc Oak Park. The Signpost Programme is a collaborative programme to lead climate action by Irish farmers and their transition towards more sustainable farming systems. Read on for more
When a plan comes together
There are many different kinds of plans and every farm family should have one. James McDonnell Financial specialist, Teagasc Rural Economy Development Programme outlines the Teagasc planning tools available to farmers to assist with financial, succession, time management or other planning options
Signpost Programme Update
Our demonstration farmers are currently engaging with the National Farm Survey (NFS) recorders. This month's research update is on the importance of getting soil pH right. Take a look at the warming stripes for Ireland from 1901 to 2020
Environment Newsletter - August 2021
The latest edition of the Environment newsletter has information on: Low-input grassland; Message from Signpost - Why do farmers need to engage with climate action?; and Message from ASSAP - Tillage cover/catch crops can help water quality
Tillage Update 5th August 2021
In this weeks crops update, tillage specialist Michael Hennessy gives an update on harvesting. Planting of oil seed rape can also commence and there is further information on this. Cover crops will also be highlighted with a useful video outlining the pros and cons.
Planting oilseed rape
Many growers are switching between harvesting and planting this month to get their winter oilseed rape planted. On The Tillage Edge, Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Tillage Specialist joins Michael Hennessy to give an insight into the advantages of getting the crop planted in August rather than September.
Tillage Newsletter - August 2021
This month's Crops Newsletter includes information on: Straw incorporation; Catch crops; Post-harvest stubble management; Winter oilseed rape; and Health & Safety - Beware of moving machinery.
Five reasons for farmers to engage with climate actions
Climate change is perhaps the greatest environmental challenge facing the world right now. Climate change is already happening with increasing temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels. Irish Agriculture contributes to 35% of the greenhouse gases produced in Ireland.
Climate Actions for August
August is a good month to sort out deficits in grazing infrastructure to optimise days at grass, if your capital expenditure budgets allow. Helpful solutions include spur roadways, multiple access points to paddocks and back fencing. Get the current advice from the Signpost Programme for August here
What the Carbon Removal amendment means for Irish agriculture
On the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny John Paul Phelan joins Deirdre Glynn & Cathal Somers to discuss the new Carbon removal amendment to the Climate Action & Low Carbon Development bill.
Why farm soils cause greenhouse gas emissions - and how to fix it
Hands up who is interested in soil? Anyone? Anyone at all? Tumbleweeds might roll past unless you are addressing a room full of avid gardeners and land managers. This article by Rosie O'Neill, Teagasc Walsh Scholar first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm.
The Changing Model for Agricultural Schemes
Results-based payment schemes are likely to be the future of agri-environmental schemes going forward for Irish farmers. Martina Donnelly, Teagasc Galway/Clare Advisor, compares the previous REPS and GLAS schemes to the new REAP scheme here.
Child Safety on Farms
With the on-going easing of restrictions, children may be attending summer camps & meeting friends. However, children will still be spending more time on farms during their holiday time and Jacinta O' Neill, Teagasc Advisor Westport, reminds us that the farmyard is not a playground here
Soil health physical examination
TEAGASC researchers at Johnstown Castle and Oak Park, along with collaborators from UCD, have developed soil physical health tools to use at field or national monitoring network scales. Research Officers Owen Fenton, Dermot Forristal & Giulia Bondi bring us fascinating insight into Soil Health here
Signpost Farmers: Tim Leader & Aidan Maguire
Meet two of our Signpost Farmers - Tim Leader and Aidan Maguire. Tim Leader farms a Dairy, Dairy Replacements and Calf to Store/Beef enterprise in Kilcorney, Rathcoole, Co Cork while Aidan Maguire farms a calf to beef enterprise in Antylstown, Navan, Co. Meath. Read all about the farmers here
Positive farm price developments signal boost to farm incomes in 2021
Improving farm output prices are likely to provide an increase in farm incomes in 2021, in spite of rising input prices, according to the Mid Year Outlook for 2021 produced by Teagasc economists.
Tillage Update 27th July 2021
Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist reports on tillage topics currently. Here, Mark looks at the performance of winter barley crops. He also discusses in the field crop updates including fodder beet, soil structure problems, grass weeds, cover cropping and natural regeneration.
Nitrogen Loss to Water in Agricultural Catchments
Every four years the Nitrates Directive is reviewed and changes are made to the regulations. 2021 is such a year. In Teagasc, the Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) studies water quality in 6 contrasting catchments across the country. Edward Burgess ACP, discusses some ACP study results here
Winner of the Teagasc / FBD Student of the Year Award Announced
The 2020 national winner of the Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year award is Deirdre McMahon, Leagh North, Kinvara, County Galway. Deirdre was also the dairy category winner. Congratulations Deirdre! Find out about all the winners and finalists here and watch back on the Awards ceremony
Male Farmer Diets associated with Poor Health
Being overweight/obese is an increasing public health issue in Ireland and internationally. An Irish study of male farmers’ diets and weight management showed that 62% of farmers were overweight/obese. The study revealed a number of other concerns regarding the poor health of male farmers.
TResearch Summer 2021
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Summer Edition of TResearch has a special feature on the living soil; Invisible lines; Circular protein; and Competitive without quotas.
Sun Smart Tips for Dairy Farmers
Barbara McGrogan from the Irish Cancer Society joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge with tips and advice on how to be Sun Smart and protect ourselves against skin cancers.
Farmers Have Hearts - Your Cardiovascular Health
The theme of the final day of Farm Safety Week is Your Health. So it is timely today to look at the Farmers Have Hearts Cardiovascular Health Programme. Dr. Noel Richardson (IT Carlow) offers some good advice on diet and food nutrition to improve the health of farmers in a must-watch video here
Farmer Health and Wellbeing
John McNamara, Teagasc Farm Safety Specialist looks at stress and Well-being in this video, along with Carlow IT Staff. Springtime can be a particularly stressful time of year. It's important to manage stress. So now this summer take the opportunity to rest, recover and make some time for relaxation
Manage your Health - It's Essential for Lifestyle and to Farm Effectively
Health is essential for your lifestyle and to farm effectively. Poor health is associated with increased farm injuries and lowered farm income due to being less able to farm effectively. This is why Teagasc promotes the ‘Total Worker Health' model in its Statement of Strategy.
Machinery hygiene at harvest
Dermot Forristal and Brendan Bourke joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to discuss machinery hygiene at harvest.
Keeping the elderly safe on farm
Protecting the public is today's theme in Farm Safety week so Áine Butler, Teagasc Advisor takes a look at Keeping the elderly safe on farm. Teagasc Farm Safety Specialists Francis Bligh and John Mc Namara have important safety tips also
The Importance of a Tidy Farmyard
Having a well kept farmyard is beneficial to both work efficiency and safety. Over the past 10 years the HSA reported 29 farm deaths due to collapses and falls. The major areas associated were slips & trips, bales falling and falling from a height. Penny Gavin Teagasc Walsh Scholar has tidy tips
Tillage Update 22nd July 2021
The 2021 winter barley harvest is in full swing around the country. Exceptionally warm weather has resulted in an earlier than anticipated start to the winter barley harvest. Crops in the south were first to be harvested last week but harvesting has now commenced in all areas. Ciaran Collins reports
Taking Care in the Countryside
Irish farmers work very hard each day, managing their animals & crops. This is done while also maintaining habitats, protecting watercourses & supporting their communities. Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists John McNamara & Francis Bligh have advice for farmers on how to keep the countryside safe.
Winners Announced from the ‘Farm Safely with Jessy’ Competition
Teagasc have announced the winners of their ‘Farm Safely with Jessy’ competition, which took place as part of #FarmSafetyWeek. The competition received hundreds of entries from children across the country and there were five winners chosen along with three runners up.
Know your blind spots
Up to 50% of fatalities in agriculture involve a farm vehicle or machinery. Serena Gibbons, Education Officer, Teagasc Athenry talks about blind spots around tractors and has top tips to staying safe and making our farms safer when it comes to working with tractors
Farm Safety may not cost the earth but not doing it may cost your life
When we think of the wide range of tasks a farmer does each day it's easy to see that managing a farm and doing it safely is a challenge. Farmers must develop many skills to carry out these jobs competently. John McNamara & Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists have low cost suggestions
Farming Safely with Farm Machinery
Nearly half of farm accidents are caused by tractors, farm vehicles and machinery. Inexperienced operators, lack of concentration, human error, time pressure and unguarded parts like PTO shaft are the main causes of accidents. Teagasc Machinery Specialist, Francis Quigley has more here
Farmers are constantly surrounded by livestock and machinery and the hazards they pose. Additionally, many other hazards occur on farms such as working at heights or emptying slurry tanks. Penny Gavin, Teagasc / H.S.A./ UCD Walsh Scholar on Farm Safety advises on staying alert by avoiding tiredness
Status Orange: High Forest Fire Risk Warning
Teagasc is urging all involved in outdoor activity to exercise extreme caution and to heed the high level warning for fires in place for the coming week. In current dry weather and high temperature, a high fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where dead grass, heather and gorse exist
Cover crops: do the benefits outweigh the cost?
Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition specialist Mark Plunkett joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers on the latest episode of the Environment Edge to talk about cover crops.
National Farm Survey shows increase in 2020 average farm income
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, incomes across the various farm systems in Ireland either held, or improved in 2020, the Teagasc annual review of farm incomes has concluded. The results are published in the Teagasc National Farm Survey 2020 and are representative of over 93,000 farms in Ireland.
9th Farm Safety Week Encourages Farm Families to Rethink Safety
Today (Mon) marks the ninth annual Farm Safety Week in Ireland and the UK, an initiative led by the Irish Farmers Association here and by Yellow Wellies UK. The message for this year is: Rethink Safety, which aims to encourage a deeper awareness of everyday risks on farms
Improving Aphid control through enhanced monitoring and diagnostics
Control of cereal aphids and BYDV virus is more challenging in recent years due to insecticide resistance and the recent loss of neonicotinoid seed treatments.The newly constructed Teagasc suction tower network improves farmer data and decision-making as Louise McNamara Crops Researcher outlines
Dealing with blackgrass is a challenge and one that no farmer or agronomist should underestimate. Blackgrass, similar to other weeds, can spread in many ways on machinery, in straw, by animals or birds, in seed or mixtures. Crops specialist Shay Phelan has information and advice
Tillage Update - 15th July 2021
Harvest time is upon us and it is usually the busiest time on any tillage farm. Shay Phelan, Crops Specialist has some simple tips that can make the job in hand a bit more efficient. Shay also gives an update on potatoes as most crops are at stable canopy stage with plants meeting in the drills.
Tim Bergin’s Season Update from Poland
On this week’s episode of the Tillage Edge podcast, Shay Phelan catches up with Tim Bergin who is a Dublin farmer now farming near Slupsk in North West Poland.
Tillage Establishment Systems and Grass Weed Webinar, from the South
Watch the final of three Tillage Establishment Systems and Grass Weed Webinars, held on Tuesday, 6th July, as part of the Enable Conservation Tillage (ECT) project, focusing on tillage systems and grass weeds from the South.
Increased vulnerability of upcoming wheat varieties to Irish septoria strains confirmed
Researchers in Teagasc have confirmed that Irish strains of septoria are able to overcome a source of genetic resistance present in a range of near-market winter wheat varieties. This is the conclusion of a significant study led by Dr Steven Kildea, Teagasc crops researcher. Read more here
Breaking the Pathway of Phosphorus and Sediment entering Waterways
When farmers are applying fertilisers, cultivating, grazing or draining land close to watercourses, careful, site specific land management can minimise the risk of Phosphorus and sediment loss and help improve water quality. Ivan Kelly, ASSAP Advisor, Teagasc Galway/Clare has good advice here
Peter Doyle is Walsh Scholar of the Year 2021
Peter Doyle is the Teagasc Walsh Scholar Gold Medal winner for 2021. Peter was awarded the medal by Professor Frank O’Mara, Director of Research at Teagasc, at a special online ceremony which took place on Friday, 9th July, hosted by broadcaster Jonathan McCrea.
Climate Actions for July
For the latest current and up to date farm advice from the Signpost Programme and for details of the Climate Actions that you should adopt for the month of July on your farm see here
The Signpost Series Webinar- High Nature Value Farmland in Ireland
On this episode of The Signpost Series on 2nd July, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Padraig Foley, Teagasc were joined by Dr James Moran, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) to discuss High Nature Value Farmland in Ireland.
TAMS II Grant Aid still Open for Applications
With high beef and lamb prices this year some farmers may consider buying equipment or developing their farmyard in 2021. TAMS II is there to help. Farmers who qualify for TAMS II grant get 40% of the item cost excl. VAT (60% for young qualifying farmers). Vincent Ronayne Teagasc Advisor has details
Tillage Update 8th July 2021
This week's tillage update has information on pre-harvest desiccation of winter oilseed rape. Watch out for and treat potatoes for blight. Catch up on the third Enable Conservation Tillage webinar and the weekly podcast
Teagasc Student Maintenance Grants 2021/2022
The 2021/2022 Teagasc Student Maintenance Grant Scheme is now open. Teagasc student maintenance grants are paid through Teagasc and the grant scheme is managed by Teagasc. The closing date for applications is Friday 1st October, 2021. See more details on how to apply here
Today's Farm - July/August 2021
The July/August edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on how beetles help battle AMR. It also has articles on when you should end the dairy breeding season; fight against blight; flower power of low-input grassland; Health & Safety, and more.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter July 2021
This issue of the Teagasc Signpost e-newsletter features timely climate actions for July as well as a glossary of commonly used climate change terms. We meet Signpost Farmers Aidan Maguire and Tim Leader. Get useful tips on managing clover swards, minimising nitrates loss to water & research updates
Prospects for the Upcoming Harvest
On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Shay Phelan catches up with Teagasc advisors Michael McCarthy in Cork, Conor O’Callaghan in Dublin and Martin McCullough in Donegal to see how crops are looking in their respective areas and the prospects for the upcoming harvest.
Teagasc Oak Park Crop Trials Event 2021
The Teagasc Crop Trials Event took place in Oak Park, Carlow, across two days on Wednesday, 30th June and Thursday, 1st July 2021. You can download the publication and watch back the live event which took place on Wednesday evening with Andy Doyle, Tillage Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal here
Tillage Newsletter - July 2021
This month's Tillage Newsletter includes information on: Straw Incorporation Measure; Grass weeds; Varieties for harvest 2022; Pre-harvest glyphosate; and the Tillage Establishment Systems and Grass Weed Webinar which took place on 6th July.
Teagasc Appointment: Jane Kavanagh, Head of Research Development and Walsh Scholarships
Jane Kavanagh has been appointed as Head of Research Development and Walsh Scholarships in Teagasc. In this role, Jane will provide strategic leadership at a senior level in the operation and development of the Teagasc research programme, and ensure Teagasc has effective systems and processes
June - Red sky at night, shepherd's delight: Weather and agriculture
Continuing the theme from last month, the June map takes a look historical weather data, for rainfall and temperatures. Generally Ireland's climate is mild with relatively little year to year variation. Extreme winters and summers are exceptional. Irelands “Emerald Isle” synonym is well-deserved.
DkIT and Teagasc launch new part-time Agriculture qualifications
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) are delighted to announce the launch of a suite of part-time programmes in Agriculture, in association with Teagasc Agricultural College at Ballyhaise, which will commence in September 2021. More details here
ASSAP Service: A typical Farm Assessment
The ASSAP (Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory programme) is a free advisory service aimed at improving water quality. There are 10 PAA’s (Prioritized areas for action) in West Cork. Lane Giles, ASSAP Advisor, Clonakilty explains what the service provides for the farmer in West Cork
Delivery of Public Good Farm Practice through CAP
Cross Compliance rules were first introduced in 2000 and revised in 2015. The aim is implement public good practices on farm to protect human, animal, plant and environmental health. Anne O’Malley, Farm Food Business and Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballina explains Statutory Management Requirements
Farmers encouraged to view new SunSmart video
Working outdoors for long period’s means farmers are one of the highest risk groups for skin cancer. Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist encourages farmers to watch the new SunSmart video here and has details on Healthy Ireland SunSmart steps that farmers can take to be SunSmart.
Tillage Edge Episode 58
This episode focused on blackgrass control and caught up with two ECT focus farmers about their experiences operating a non-plough based system: Gareth Culligan, from Louth, who is practicing a no till system and Michael Grace, from north Kildare, who shared his experiences using a strip till system
Tillage Update 1st July 2021
In general, most farmers are reasonably satisfied with their crops in southern counties, but there are exceptions. Ciaran Collins, Crops Specialist, gives an update on the progress on crops in the south including growing wheat concerns, variability of spring barley plus oilseed rape prospects
Tillage Establishment Systems and Grass Weed Webinar, from the North East
The second Tillage Establishment Systems and Grass Weed Webinar took place on Tuesday, 23rd June, as part of the Enable Conservation Tillage (ECT) project, focusing on tillage systems and grass weeds from the North East.
Teagasc Crop Trials Event 2021
The sustainability of the tillage sector depends on developing high value markets that exploit current and future opportunities, while also ensuring inputs are tailored to meet existing challenges. Tune in live at 8pm tonight to the Crop Trials Event in Teagasc Oak Park. See more here
Show Jessy your Farm Safety ideas and win!
Calling 7-12 year olds! Jessy the Sheep Dog, our Teagasc Farm Safety mascot, loves to help keep everyone safe on the farm and to celebrate the end of school term she wants to give 5 lucky winners a €50 Smyths Toys voucher. Closing date for entries is 14 July. Get more details here on how to apply
Teagasc Crops Trials Event - Thursday
This week a Teagasc Crops Trials Event is taking place in Oak Park, Carlow, across two days on Wednesday, 30th June & Thursday, 1st July 2021. In contrast to our traditional Crops Open Days, held in the past and in order to adhere to public health guidelines, attendance is by pre-registration only
Best Practice when using Pesticides
It is important that all users take care and follow best practice procedure when using pesticides. Deirdre Glynn, ASSAP Advisor and Mark Trimble, Tillage Advisor, Kilkenny discuss safe storage and handling of chemicals, good sprayer maintenance and best practice when using pesticides on farm.
Wood fibre and growing media, its production and impacts on plant performance
On a recent webinar which took place on Thursday, 17th June 2021, Dónall Flanagan, Teagasc Nursery Stock Advisor was joined by Dr Brian Jackson, North Carolina State University to discuss the different sources of wood fibre and impacts on growth of bedding, perennials and woody plants.
Using NUDGE theory to improve Farm Safety
A leading USA expert will outline the potential of Nudge theory to improve Farm Safety at a Teagasc Webinar on Thursday, 1 July at 3pm. Dr Julie Sorensen, Director, New York Centre for Agricultural Medicine & Health (NYCAMH) will provide a seminar on research that applies Nudge Theory to farm safety
Horizon 2020 Fairshare Project
Teresa Hooks project manager of the Horizon 2020 fair share project aims to support advisors to use the digital tools in order to encourage a more sustainable agriculture. Horizon 2020 (H2020) is a €7 million EU funded project. Teresa explains some of the challenges experienced by advisors & farmers
Blight control in potatoes
Factors such the loss of key fungicides and new emerging blight variants are all challenging established blight control practices and on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Michael Hennessy was joined by Shay Phelan, a potato Specialist in Oak Park, to discuss blight control in potatoes.
Teagasc Opening Statement on Organic Farming to the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture Food and the Marine - June 22 2021
Today, Tuesday June 22, Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle and Mary Ryan, Teagasc Researcher gave a briefing on Organic Farming to the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The full statement includes publications, on-line, advisory, education & research support for organics
Apply for Teagasc full-time Level 5 Agricultural courses now
The deadline for submitting applications for Teagasc college Level 5 full-time agricultural courses is Wednesday, 30 June 2021. Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications immediately.
Thinking of becoming a Dairy farmer?
"Converting to dairy involves a major commitment and sizeable capital outlay...therefore you need to be sure you are making the right decisions." In September the Teagasc Dairy Start-up course commences for farmers interested in converting their farm to milk production. Find out more here
The Future of Farm Tech – from AI to alternative fuel and autonomous machinery
On the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Gary Abbott machinery correspondent with the Irish Farmers Journal joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to talk about agricultural technology of the future and what we can look forward to.
Fight against Blight
Growing potatoes commercially is not for the faint hearted, they are a high input crop to grow with costs in many cases over €2,500 per acre. One of the biggest costs in the crop is disease control, particularly potato blight.Crops specialist Shay Phelan has some advice
Health for Sustainable Farming
Research by Teagasc along with National Centre for Men’s Health, IT Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology indicates that farmers adopt health practices, as they get older. However, health issues can progress gradually, so the sooner health adoption takes place the better!
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter June 2021
Welcome to the first e-newsletter for the Signpost Programme. The Signpost e-newsletter will be published monthly. It will provide you with news from the Signpost Programme, technical articles, policy and research updates as well as profiling Signpost Farmers from across the country.
Machinery Co-operatives in Ireland
Ireland’s first farm machinery sharing co-operative was formed by members of Kilnamartyra dairy discussion group in West Cork. The machinery co-op provides a sound business structure for the sharing of machinery between farmers and can be applicable to farmers in any enterprise, especially tillage
Kildalton College Open Days
Kildalton College are hosting Open Days for anyone interested in courses in Agriculture, Horticulture or Equine Studies. Monday, 21st June at 11am is when the first of four open days throughout the summer kicks off. Booking in advance is essential. Read more here on reserving your place on the tour
Tillage Update 17th June 2021
Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist reports on tillage crops and how they are developing in the southeast. To date June has been a relatively good month with large increases in day & night time temperatures with good levels of sunshine.
Andy Mahon, the Dublin farm manager in the UK – an update on his year so far
Andy Mahon, the Dubliner who is a farm manager in the east of the England re-joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s episode of the Tillage Edge with an update on his year so far.
Malting Barley Series - Spring Barley T2 Application
The objective of the final fungicide application in spring barley is to prolong green leaf area in the crop and control diseases such as Rhynchosporium & Ramularia. Eoin Lyons, Teagasc/Boortmalt Joint Programme Advisor outlines the timings and products to apply for the final fungicide.
Promoting Farmers Health - Men’s Health Week (Monday 14 - Sunday 20 June)
It's time to Stay Fit for Farming! Dr John McNamara, Health and Safety Specialist, Teagasc is mindful of Men’s Health Week running from today, Monday 14th to Sunday 20th June (Father's Day). He reminds farmers that ‘Your Health is your Wealth’ and he discusses studies that looked at farmer health.
Teagasc Supports Men’s Health Week
Teagasc, through its research, advisory, education, training, and media programmes, supports Men’s Health Week. Men's Health Week usually commences on the Monday prior to Father's Day and finishes on Father's Day itself. This year, it will run from Monday, 14th until Sunday, 20th June.
Smart Spraying (Technology) - new era ahead
Crop sprayers continue to develop. The basic principal remains; a liquid solution is delivered through a precisely shaped nozzle, at a set pressure to deliver a distribution of droplets on the target plant, weed or soil. Dermot Forristal, Teagasc Researcher discusses the SMART/precision approach
Risk Assessing Your Farm
Don't ignore safety issues on your farm! Serena Gibbons, Education Officer, Teagasc Galway/Clare issues a reminder about completing the Risk Assessment Document. She focuses on 3 main areas where the highest number of accidents and fatalities occur; namely - Tractors, Machinery and Livestock.
Tillage Establishment Systems and Grass Weed Webinar, from the South East
Tillage Establishment Systems and Grass Weed Webinar which took place on Tuesday, 8th June, as part of the Enable Conservation Tillage (ECT) project, focusing on tillage systems and grass weeds from the South East.
Tillage Update 10th June 2021
Shay Phelan, Teagasc Crops Specialist brings us this week's tillage update. Here, Shay discusses Septoria and Yellow rust in Winter Wheat, timing of final fungicide in Spring Barley, Beans approaching flowering, Beet crops struggling with cold weather, the staggered emergence of potatoes and more
Environment Newsletter - June 2021
This month's Teagasc Environment newsletter has information and advice on: REAP the benefits; Measures to reduce nutrient and sediment run-off to waters from January 1, 2021; and Message from ASSAP - Protect our bathing waters.
Agriculture is facing a momentous decision on carbon budgets
Over the next few months a decision on the future of Irish agriculture will be taken that may prove to be as momentous as the 1984 introduction of milk quota or our 1973 entry to the EU. Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc refers to the publication of sectoral carbon budgets from 2021 onwards
Grass weeds in non-plough systems
This week’s Tillage Edge discusses how grassweed control has become more important on all tillage farms and especially on non-plough based systems.
Tillage Newsletter - June 2021
This month's Teagasc Crops newsletter has information on: Disease control in Spring Barley; Winter Wheat; Spring Oats and Spring wheat; Beans; Products in use up; and Health & Safety - Keep yourself and children safe.
Enable Conservation Tillage ECT Webinars
The Enable Conservation Tillage (ECT) project is running a series of webinars from Tuesday 8th June at 11.30am, to focus on tillage systems and grass weeds on farms across Ireland, converting to non-plough based systems and also how these farmers deal with grass weed challenges. Register here
Jessy's Smart Kids - Summer 2021
Jessy's Smart Kids is a fun easily downloadable kids farm safety newsletter. This edition of Jessy's Smart Kids includes: Farm Family Safety; Blind Spots; First Aid Kit and Farmer Wellbeing.
Farming with Nature
John Oates is farming just north of Sligo Town. Whitethorn hedgerows provide field boundaries and shelter and shade for livestock. Environment and Technology Advisor Peter Mullan gives more information on how John is farming with the natural environment
Farm Business Options - BIA Innovator Campus – Transforming Food Entrepreneurship
On this Farm Business Options webinar, which was held on Tuesday, 25 May, host Barry Caslin Teagasc was joined by Elaine Donohue, BIA Innovator Campus General Manager and Colm Foley, Teagasc Food Technologist, Bia Innovator Campus CLG to discuss the facilities at the BIA Innovator Campus in Athenry
Tillage Update 3rd June 2021
Rainfall in May was above normal everywhere and has led to increased disease pressure in all crops. Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Crops Specialist notes that high levels of rhynchosporium has been reported in recent days, in early sown Spring Barley. Ciaran has more here in this week's Tillage update
The opportunities and increased demand for gluten-free oats
The media is always trying to find - or at least tell us about - the next super food. On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Michael Hennessy is joined by Mariea O’Toole, Grain quality operations manager at Glanbia to find out how they have developed new markets for oats over the past 12 years.
Getting the Spread Right
Fertiliser is one of the most expensive inputs on the farm so you need to ensure that it is applied correctly, not only for your wallet but also for the environment. Here, Francis Quigley Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist, talks about safety, checking the spreader, machine settings and calibration
Get the Facts on Applying Lime
Isn't it about time you applied lime? Don't rely on hearsay - stick to the facts. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Johnstown Castle highlights 10 facts every farmer should know about applying lime. When is the ideal time to apply lime? What about lime and slurry? Can I apply lime and urea? Get answers here
Teagasc plans for new Apprenticeships
On Tuesday 25th May Teagasc gave a briefing note on it's Education and Training for the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Teagasc, as primary provider of accredited further education and training (FET) for the agricultural sector, details new apprenticeship pathway plans here
Doing less boosts biodiversity
Paul Fitters, Lecturer in the Teagasc College at the National Botanic Gardens discusses "Rewilding" at the Knepp Estate in the UK. Improving biodiversity opened up new diversification opportunities. He has suggestions for how we can all do our bit for biodiversity and rewild a little in our gardens
Agriculture and Water
Paula Browne, ASSAP Adviser, Teagasc Clare looks at ways to minimise losses of nutrients, sediment and pesticides to water from farming. A number of key considerations should be central to minimising any pollution potential to our watercourses and these are outlined here.
Teagasc appoint Dr David Wall as Enterprise leader at Johnstown Castle
Dr David Wall has been appointed as the new enterprise leader at the Teagasc campus in Johnstown Castle. The enterprise leader role is to lead the management of the farms and estate in Teagasc Environment Research Centre to deliver the research programme, as part of the team led by Dr Karl Richards
Monitor crops for any trace element deficiencies this season
While Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium and Sulphur have been applied to spring cereals at this stage, John W Kelly Teagasc, Drystock/Tillage Advisor, Tullamore & Birr reminds us here that is also important to monitor crops for any trace element deficiencies during the rest of the growing season.
Disease control in Winter Wheat
Disease control in wheat is an important aspect to achieving high yields and on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Michael Hennessy chatted to Dr Stephen Kildea, a researcher in Oak Park and Ivan Whitten, a Teagasc advisor in Kildare, to discuss how to achieve robust disease control in winter wheat.
Could your Farm benefit from Alternative Fodder Crops?
In the next few months we will see farmers saving their winter feed. Grass growth last week from Pasturebase Ireland was 57kgDM/ha similar to the same week last year at 60kg DM/ha. Improvement is expected, however Keith Fahy, Athenry Advisor, looks at alternatives for farmers as a winter feed source
Improving your Financial Fitness can help manage tight margins
Having a good feel for the farm finances and what is happening on a farm or farm household is critical. This applies whether a farmer is expanding or just wants to ensure that they are in a good position to deal with whatever arises. Kevin Connolly, Teagasc Financial Management Specialist has advice
Teagasc appoints new Organic Specialist
Teagasc has appointed Joe Kelleher as Organic Farming Specialist and he commences the new role today, Monday, 24 May 2021. He previously worked as a dairy advisor in the Limerick/Kerry advisory region. He joins Elaine Leavy as part of the national organic farming team in Teagasc
Farmers are part of the solution - Biodiversity Day 2021
Saturday May 22nd 2021 is International Biodiversity Day. The theme for this year is: 'We're part of the solution'. We’re all part of nature, so we must be part of the solution for biodiversity loss and climate change. What actions can farmers take?
Growing Maize Silage Considerations
Eighty percent of maize in Ireland is grown specifically for the production of maize silage and can be used as a winter feed in both dairy and beef production systems. While grass is the most popular winter feed, Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor outlines why maize silage might be worth considering
Tillage Update 20th May 2021
Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist reports on tillage crops and how they are developing in the southeast. He notes that many Winter Wheat Crops are at or near Flag Emergence. Mark comments on spring cereal crops and discusses Spring Beans and weed control in potatoes here also
"Bee kind" farming
Today is #WorldBeeDay and Teagasc encourages farmers to adopt "Bee kind" farming, to look at ways of improving habitats and enhance biodiversity to support wild bees on Irish farmland. In Ireland there are 77 solitary bee species, 21 bumble bee species and 1 honey bee species.
Disease control in Spring barley
All growers are aware that disease control is needed in spring barley. Selecting the correct products & timing will determine if the farmer gets value for money. On this episode of the Tillage Edge Podcast, Michael Hennessy discusses this in more detail with Deirdre Doyle & Eoin Lyons, Teagasc.
Launch of The Signpost Programme
The Signpost Programme was launched on Tuesday, 18 May. Hosted by RTÉ’s Ear to the Ground presenter Helen Carroll, the online webinar demonstrated how the new Teagasc led collaborative programme will support Irish farmers in reducing emissions from agriculture. Catch up on all the highlights here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Agri-food Strategy 2030 - The Environmental Ambition
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 7th May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Tom Arnold, Chair of the 2030 Agri Food Strategy Committee to discuss the 2030 Agri Food Strategy: The Environmental Ambition.
No Dig Gardening Event
This No Dig Gardening webinar event was held on Thursday 5th May at 7pm with John Mulhern, College principal of Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens and colleagues James Brady and Deirdre Walsh. Guest Speaker, Charles Dowding has a strong passion for 'no dig gardening
Spring Malting Barley Series - T1 on Spring Barley
As rainfall and temperatures have increased over the past week, many spring barley crops are now approaching the T1 fungicide application timing. Eoin Lyons Teagasc/Boortmalt Joint Programme Advisor, outlines disease control strategies for barley crops and what products will give best control.
Tillage Update 13th May 2021
Shay Phelan Teagasc Crops & Potato Specialist has this week's Tillage Update. He discusses the ideal timing for final fungicide in winter barley, wild oats in Spring Barley, minimising spray drift, and the importance of Biosecurity on tillage farms to prevent introducing invasive weeds species
A Cork farmer’s solution to reducing spray drift
On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Michael Hennessy is joined by Ciaran Collins, a tillage specialist in Cork, who outlined the essential components of the STRIPE tool and how to minimise spray drift on farm.
Beware of wild flower mixes as you might get more than you paid for
The highly invasive Blackgrass weed was found in a commercial wildflower mixture that was grown in an experimental plot in Carlow. If this weed is widespread in mixtures which were planted on farms, schools, gardens, and amenity areas across the country it poses a huge risk of contamination to crops
The challenges of herbicide-resistant grass weeds
Grass weeds are a growing problem in tillage fields and herbicide resistance is adding massively to the extent of those challenges, writes Vijaya Bhaskar, Teagasc Researcher. Problem grass weeds such as wild oats, sterile brome, Italian ryegrass and black-grass can cause yield losses of over 80%
New Anaerobic Digestion (AD) project commences
Teagasc recently held the first online meeting of the technical working group for a new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) project called FLEET. Teagasc economist Dr Fiona Thorne is the principal investigator on the FLEET project, supported by the SEAI Research and development fund. Read more here
Dealing with Stress in Farming
Stress is normal and part and parcel of our daily lives. A certain amount of stress is a positive thing – it can help to make us more focused and more productive in our work and in caring for our families. Ciara O’Shea, Teagasc advisor Macroom, has good advice on Dealing with Stress in Farming here
The Signpost Series - Water quality – national problems, local solutions
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 30th April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Jenny Deakin, EPA to discuss water quality – national problems, local solutions.
Tillage Update 6th May 2021
Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Crops Specialist, brings us this week's Tillage update on the weather impact on Spring crops. He has advice on managing crop stress and on applying the final growth regulator application on Winter Barley. Ciaran also highlights the importance of adhering to buffer zones here
How to improve spray efficiency in crops
This week Teagasc held the latest edition in the series of Crop Agronomy Webinars looking at different crops through the season. The question and answer sessions from the webinar are worth listening to again here in this podcast to assist your agronomy decisions over the next month.
Teagasc Crop Agronomy Webinar - May 2021
The fourth in a series of Teagasc Crop Agronomy Update Webinars took place on Tuesday, 4th May 2021. Teagasc researchers, specialists and advisors updated growers on crop agronomy for the coming weeks.
Tillage Newsletter - May 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Winter wheat; Winter barley; Winter oats; Spring barley disease control; Beans; Buffer zones; Teagasc tillage podcast; and Health & Safety - Silage safety.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Collaborative Farming Options
On a recent Farm Business Options Webinar which took place on Tuesday, 27th April, Barry Caslin was joined by Gordon Peppard, Teagasc Farm Structures Specialist to discuss the various collaborative agreements on offer.
Today's Farm - May/June 2021
The May/June edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on slurry storage, covering topics such as storage and usage; completing a storage assessment; & storage capacity and TAMS. It also has articles on blackgrass; contract rearing & more.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Where are the opportunities in commercial horticulture?
Dermot Callaghan, Head of the Horticulture Development Department at Teagasc joined Barry Caslin on this episode of the Farm Business Options Series which took place on Tuesday, 20th April to discuss where are the opportunities in commercial horticulture.
Make Personal Health and Wellbeing a Priority
While, Farming as a lifestyle is mainly very positive for wellbeing, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists, Francis Bligh & John McNamara realise that it's not always a "bed of bluebells". So today, Friday April 30, on National Workplace Wellbeing Day farmers are reminded that this day is for them too
Tillage Update 29th April 2021
The promise of some weekend rain is welcome as soil moisture deficits are running close to 40mm in many parts of the country. Winter crops are generally growing well but many later sown spring crops are struggling with the dry cold conditions as Michael Hennessy, Head of Teagasc Crops outlines here
Spring Malting Barley Series - Aphid Weed control
The second video in our spring malting barley series focuses on weed control and Aphid control for spring malting barley crops. Eoin Lyons Teagasc/Boortmalt Joint Programme Advisor outlines approaches that growers can take for the control of both weeds and aphids in crops.
Coping with the cold dry conditions
The cold dry weather with late frosts has slowed growth and hampered crop management for farmers and on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Michael Hennessy is joined by Veronica Nyhan and Eoin Lyons with an update on the progress of winter crops.
Taking care of the Farmer and farm problems
Catherine Egan Teagasc Beef Specialist has some very important advice here about taking care of typical problems on the farm. She points out all the ways your Teagasc Advisor can help. After a difficult Spring the Number 1 priority should be to take care of the farmer now. Make that phone call today
April - Wildfires in Ireland
The April Map of the month shows the number of current active wildfires (as of the 25th) detected by NASA Fire detection service. There are a surprising number across the country. Each month the Teagasc spatial analysis unit use data from a number of sources and share it as a map to assist farming
Are you Sun Smart? Webinar
A webinar to raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure in the farming community was held on Wednesday, 21st April. HSE and the Irish Cancer Society Representatives advised what you can do to protect yourself against the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure on your farm
Thinking of becoming an Organic Farmer?
With the reopening of the Organic Farming Scheme in March many farmers are wondering is organics an option for them. As the scheme closes on Friday 30th April 2021 the window of time to make the decision to join and complete the necessary paperwork is tight. Enda O’Hart, Teagasc Advisor has advice
Spraying plant protection products (fungicides, insecticides and herbicides) is a critical operation on most crop producing farms. Dermot Forristal, Teagasc Research Officer has practical advice here on application rate, nozzles, correct spraying pressure & forward speed, and developing technology
Offaly dairy farmers using short videos to keep in touch during Covid Lock Down
Three dairy discussion groups across south county Offaly have found a novel way of ‘virtually’ visiting each other’s farms during the current lock down restrictions. Jim Moyles, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Tullamore explains how this came about and how it is working out for the groups he facilitates
Outlook 2021 - Brexit trade deal avoids large drop in farm income
The latest Outlook 2021 report by TEAGASC economists forecasts that the average family farm income in Ireland will increase by 3 % in 2021. Overall, some price inflation for farm inputs will be more than offset by higher prices for some farm outputs
Farm Business Options Webinar - Organic Farming – Steps to Conversion and Opportunities
On this episode of the Farm Business Options Webinar series which took place on Tuesday, 13th April, Barry Caslin was joined by Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialist and Clive Bright, Organic grass only farmer, Sligo to discuss organic farming - steps to conversion and opportunities.
Tree and hedge management in Ballyhaise College
Steven Meyen, Forestry Development Officer, Teagasc talks from experience about how trees can add so much to farm hedges. Benefits include shelter, biodiversity, improvement in microclimate, carbon sequestration and landscape value. We also get a glimpse of tree and hedge management at Ballyhaise
Annual Teagasc/SCSI Agricultural Land Market Review and Outlook 2021
This joint publication is the 8th annual report reviewing economic activity in the farming sector and activity in associated agricultural land sales and rental markets. It provides an outlook for 2021, and a special feature on how the planning system and rural housing affects land values.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Climate Mitigation Options through Afforestation
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinars, held Friday, 9th April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by guest speakers Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist & Dr. Kevin Black, Forestry, Environmental Research & Services (FERS) to discuss Climate Mitigation Options via Afforestation
Teagasc marks Earth Day 2021
Teagasc marks Earth Day today. We reflect on ways in which we contribute to improving the Earth through our integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture & food industry and rural communities. Learn more here about Teagasc & the Environment, and A day in the life of research
Tillage Update 22nd April 2021
Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist reports on tillage crops and how they are developing in the southeast. April has been a very cold, dry month with frequent night frost and showers of hail stones. This has slowed crop growth and development compared to other years. Get the update here
Winter wheat disease control
Deploying a well thought thorough disease control strategy for winter wheat, and varieties sown will support high yields and ensure value for the money spent. On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Shay Phelan & Dr. Stephen Kildea, specialists in Teagasc, Oak Park join Michael Hennessy to discuss this
Teagasc Seed Potato 2021 Webinar
The Teagasc Seed Potato Webinar took place on Thursday, 15th April 2021. This webinar outlined the challenges of imports and the best practices to growing more seed potatoes in Ireland.
8th INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion
The 8th INFOGEST webinar on food digestion, co-hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre and others, took place on Wednesday, 7th April at 2PM. The theme of this webinar was “in vitro Digestion Models” from Working Group 1 of the INFOGEST network.
Caroline Walsh Grassland Farmer of the Year - Social Media Takeover & Live Interview
Join Caroline Walsh, 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year, on the Teagasc social media accounts as she takes us through "A day in the life...." on her dairy farm in Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork
Submit Your 2021 Basic Payment Application On-Time
The most important task for farmers in any year is to complete their Basic Payment application online. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that the 2021 Basic Payment application and associated forms are completed on time by Monday 17th May. Brian Hughes, Teagasc Claremorris has more advice
The Signpost Series Webinar - Multi-species Swards
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinar, which took place on Thursday, 1st April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by guest speakers Dr. Helen Sheridan and Prof. Tommy Boland, UCD to discuss multi-species swards - sward and animal performance under reduced nitrogen fertiliser inputs.
Farmland Birds and the role of farmers in their survival
Niall Hatch from Bird Watch Ireland joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to talk about farmland birds and the important role of farmers in helping to improve habitats.
Integrated Pest Management - Aphid pest control Webinar
On a recent Integrated Pest Management Webinar, which took place on Wednesday, 7th April 2021, Donall Flanagan, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department was joined by David Davidson, Technical Consultant with Koppert to discuss aphid pest control.
Are you Sun Smart? Webinar
A webinar to raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure in the farming community. Join Teagasc on Wednesday, 21 April from 11.30am -1pm along with the HSE & the Irish Cancer Society who will advise what you can do to protect yourself against the risks of skin cancer & UV exposure
70 years of grassland research in Ireland
TEAGASC grassland research has enabled the transformation of Irish agriculture since the 1950s. The importance of grassland to Irish Agriculture is indicated by over 70% of agricultural output (monetary terms) coming from grassland as cattle, milk, & sheep products, Teagasc researchers reminisce
Steps to Take when Considering Converting to Organic Farming
The Organic Farming Scheme is open. Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialist gave a presentation recently at the IFA Information Meeting on the Organic Farming Scheme which was held virtually on Thursday, 4th March 2021. Elaine's presentation and Teagasc guide to organic conversion can be found here
The Forestry Sector in Ireland: some facts and figures
Teagasc welcomes Ciara! Teagasc's new virtual forestry adviser Ciara, provides some basic facts and figures on the forestry sector in Ireland. She discusses forest cover, ownership, species composition, carbon sequestration, wood utilisation, age distribution, wood processing, exports and employment
Status Orange, High Forest Fire Risk Warning
Teagasc urges all involved in outdoor activity to exercise extreme caution, and heed the high level warning for fires which is in place this week. The current high pressure dominated weather patterns has resulted in a high fire risk in all areas where fuel such as dead grasses, heather & gorse exist
Tillage Update 15th April 2021
Shay Phelan, Teagasc Crops Specialist brings us this week's Tillage update on winter crops of barley, wheat and oats. He also has the latest details on sowing spring crops here. Plus a chance to catch the latest Tillage Edge podcast: A Farming View from Poland
A farming view from Poland
Tim Bergin, a Dubliner, who is farming in Poland close to the Baltic sea joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to explain his experience of farming there.
Teagasc Crop Agronomy Webinar - April 2021
The third in a series of Teagasc Crop Agronomy Update Webinars took place on Tuesday, 6th April. This webinar covered the major agronomy decisions needed over the coming weeks in winter and spring crops. A Question & Answer session was also covered throughout.
Winners of the 2021 Agriculture and Horticulture Colleges Challenges Event
The National College of Amenity Horticulture are the winners of the Agricultural Colleges Challenges Event 2021. The Agricultural Colleges Challenges is a longstanding inter college, skills challenge competition, supported by Macra na Feirme, fostering keen college rivalry in it's 40 year history
Grass10 Newsletter - 13th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; Seamus Sweeney, Wexford on 2nd rotation; Caroline Walsh 2020 GFOTY social media takeover; Grazing Updates from Thomas Hogan, GFOTY Cattle-Suckling, & Grange dairy-beef research herd
Farm Business Options Webinar - Diversification in Donegal
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar held on Tuesday, 6th April 2021, Seamus Campbell, Teagasc Donegal was joined by Noreen & James Cunningham, Donegal Farmhouse Cheese; John Graham, Ballyholey Farm Shop and Andrew Ward, Inishowen Development Partnership to discuss diversification in Donegal
Teagasc Seed Potato Webinar
Teagasc is hosting a Seed Potato Webinar on Thursday 15th April 2021 at 6.30pm. This webinar will outline the challenges of imports and the best practices to growing more seed potatoes in Ireland. Read more for Information and Registration details
Integrated Pest Management Webinar - traps and pheromones for thrips and pest control
On a recent Integrated Pest Management Webinar, which took place on Tuesday, 30th March, Donall Flanagan and Eamonn Kehoe, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department were joined by Dr Clare Sampson, Technical Director with Russel IPM to focus on traps and pheromones for thrips and pest control.
Teagasc Virtual College Open Days 2021
During March, Teagasc courses were promoted through virtual open days at it's four agricultural and horticultural colleges and two of the private colleges. One open day remains to be held at Salesian Agricultural College on 15th April. Now is your chance to catch up with any you may have missed here
What is a GPS Fertiliser Spreader?
With the grant on GPS fertiliser spreaders now available to all TAMS applicants there is a lot of interest from farmers in making an investment in the new equipment. Francis Quigley, Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist explains that a GPS controlled spreader is more than just a guidance system
Spring Malting Barley Series - Nitrogen Rates and Timings
The first video in our spring malting barley series focuses on nitrogen rates and timing. Eoin Lyons, Teagasc/ Boortmalt Joint Programme Advisor discusses nitrogen rate and timing of application for this year's spring malting barley crops in order to optimise grain protein at harvest time.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Working with farmers to improve water quality
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinar, held as part of Water Quality Week, on Friday, 26 March, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Noel Meehan, ASSAP Programme Manager and Edward Burgess, ACP Specialist Advisor, Teagasc to discuss working with farmers to improve water quality
Tillage Update 8th April 2021
Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Crops Specialist brings us this week's Tillage update on spring planting across the country for various crops. Ciaran also has fertiliser, pest and disease advice and tips for the winter cereals; Winter Barley and Winter Oilseed rape here
Let's Talk Sheep - Nematodirus / Coccidia in Lambs
Join us tonight at 8pm for an hour-long Let's Talk Sheep webinar to learn more about nematodirus and coccidiosis in lambs. This is very timely as the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have just issued their Nematodirus forecast indicating peak larval hatching this week. Register here
April Crop Agronomy Webinar Q&A
Teagasc held the first in a series of Crop Agronomy Webinars this week looking at crops through the season. Presented by Ciaran Collins, the webinar Question and Answer sessions are worth a listen, as there is a lot of useful information to help with your agronomy decisions in the weeks ahead
Farm Business Options Webinar - Driving Diversification Through Social Media
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 30th March 2021, Barry Caslin was joined by Lisa Dunphy from Green Acre Marketing to discuss social media business options.
Tillage Newsletter - April 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Winter wheat; Winter barley; Products expiring; Spring crops; Winter oats; and Health & Safety.
It’s getting hot in here
Keith Lambkin, senior climatologist with Met Eireann joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to discuss global warming.
Winter Crops Update - 1 April 2021
Crops around the country have started to grow quite strongly in reaction to the good weather and the nitrogen applications. Michael Hennessy, Head of Teagasc Crops Knowledge Transfer gives us an update on the various winter crops.
Winter barley disease control
Disease control in winter barley needs to be considered carefully. On this week's episode of the Tillage Edge podcast, Dr Stephen Kildea, Oak Park, Teagasc, joined Michael Hennessy with advice and information.
Crop Production Cycle - Winter Barley
The soil type at Kildalton College is a well drained fertile soil with good water retention in a dry spell. It is ideal for the growing of winter barley. Claire Bambrick, tillage lecturer at the college gives information on the current crop being grown for Farm Walk and Talk with AgriAware
Growing guides in support of International Year of Fruits and Vegetables
The United Nations General Assembly has designated 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV). To support and raise awareness of the value of fruits and vegetables, Teagasc horticulture Development Department are incorporating this theme into its 2021 programme of activities.
Improving Soil Fertility
Good productive soils are the foundation for any farming system. A primary objective for farmers is to maintain good soil fertility. Eva Hayes and Brian Clancy of Kildalton College outline the necessity for good soil fertility and give information on how this can be achieved.
Teagasc launch grass weed identification videos
Teagasc have launched a series of videos to aid farmers and industry to identify the most important grass weeds found in tillage crops. The videos are part of a wider project called Enable Conservation Tillage (ECT) project and address the common problem of mis-identification of weeds.
Farmer Safety Health and Wellness Webinar Series: John McNamara
Carbery Group, Cork recently held a Webinar on Farm Safety, Health and Wellness for farmer suppliers in advance of a busy spring. The Event is shown as a series of Webinars for 3 Sundays in March. Last up is John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist on managing farm safety and health on farm
Farm Business Options Webinar - Farm Diversification in Co. Laois
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 16th March 2021, host Peter Doolan, Teagasc Laois was joined by three local farmers to discuss farm diversification into soft food produce, angling and organic dairying in Co. Laois. A Q&A session also took place
ASSAP Factsheets on Farming for Water Quality
The Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) have produced a series of five factsheets to help farmers maintain and improve the quality of water bodies in Ireland. They provide practical tips for farmers to implement which will benefit watercourses on their farms.
Farmer testimonial on the ASSAP service
John Landers has a dairy farm beside the Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford. The river Colligan runs through John's land, it is one of 190 priority areas for action (PAA’s) where water quality needs some improvement.
Grass10 Newsletter - 23rd March 2021
Get the latest Grass10 update: PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model, cold weather forecast; Eddie ODonnell, Tipperary on his 2nd rotation grazing plan; Spring Grazing updates from Donal Patton & Barry Reilly, Ballyhaise Research Farm and John Galvin Sustainable GFOTY
Wetlands and Water
A combination of geology and abundant rain has endowed Ireland with an extraordinary array of wetlands covering some 20% of the country. Functional wetlands are among our most productive environments providing a vast array of eco-system services. ASSAP advisor Mary Roache has more information
Water Quality and the Freshwater Pearl Mussel
The freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) is a large filter-feeding bivalve. European freshwater pearl mussel populations have declined by 90 % over the past century. Mary McAndrew, Catchment Officer Pearl Mussel Project gives information on this long lived creature.
The importance of trees in Ireland
Ireland's waterways evolved in tandem with our native woodlands. Of the 16,000 townlands in Ireland 14,000 have names related to trees, forests and water. Farm forests are known to reduce the leaching of nutrients from agricultural soils
Best Practice use of pesticides
Monitoring of drinking water in Ireland continues to detect exceedances above the standard for certain herbicides. The chemicals causing greatest problems are MCPA (Agritox, Mortone, etc) and 2,4-D (Bandock EW, Mortox 50 etc). They are highly soluble in water. Kieran Kenny ASSAP Advisor has more
Is Organic tillage for you?
The latest Organic Farm Scheme is open to tillage farmers against the backdrop of an EU target to have 25% of all land in organic production by 2030. On this week’s episode of the Tillage Edge podcast, Elaine Leavy, Organic Specialist in Teagasc, joined Michael Hennessy to discuss organic tillage
Tillage Update 25th March 2021
In the weeks and months ahead cereal and other crops will receive the most of their N, P, K & S requirements to build and develop grain yield potential. This Water Quality week Teagasc advises efficient use of applied nutrients to reduce loss to the environment. Mark Plunkett talks about the 4 Rs
Pesticides and losses to water
What happens to pesticides after application? TEAGASC researchers have monitored the concentrations of commonly used herbicides in two agricultural river catchments as a part of the EU Horizon 2020-funded WaterProtect. Per-Erik Mellander, Catchment Scientist, has details of this on-going monitoring
Riparian buffer zones are patches of land adjacent to rivers, streams and drains, removed from intensive production. When designed correctly, they play a significant role in the reduction of diffuse inputs from agriculture entering our waterbodies.
The Caha Project
The Caha Project is a project where nine farmers have come together to protect a section of their local river. This length of river is particularity important as it has been identified as having a High Status Objective and is a Priority Area for Action under the Water Frameworks Directive
Drainage Maintenance to protect Water Quality
Ireland lies in a temperate zone where the main role of drainage is the removal of excess water in the root zone of crops from surplus rainfall, improving land trafficability and increasing productivity. Meabh O'Hagan, ASSAP Advisor and Niall McLoughlin, Lakeland Dairies has some advice.
Phosphorus Use on Peat Soils
A recent analysis conducted by the Teagasc Rural Economy and Development programme indicates that approximately 6% of the country (420,000 Ha) is made up of cultivated peats across a wide range of farming intensities. Fiona Doolan, ASSAP Advisor Kildare/Laois, discusses Phosphorus Use on Peat Soils
Managing farm roads to protect water quality
Farm roadways are an essential piece of infrastructure on most livestock farms and in particular dairy farms. Under new Nitrates rules there shall be no direct runoff of soiled water from farm roadways to waters from 1st January 2021. Padraig Fitzgerald, Teagasc Advisor lists the key points involved
What is a Riparian Margin & what can it do for Water Quality?
A Riparian Margin is the land that runs alongside our rivers and streams. Here, Fiona Doolan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Co. Laois, talks about a variety of riparian margins. She explains the benefits of a riparian margin on water quality and the role it plays in protecting rivers and streams
Managing Soil Phosphorous for Water Quality
Phosphorus is an essential nutrient particularly when it comes to crop establishment. Eddie Burgess, Catchment Specialist with the Teagasc Agricultural Catchments Programme speaks more about managing soil phosphorus for water quality.
What impact can weed control & drainage work have on water quality?
Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme advisors Mary Roache & Meabh O’Hagan join Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast as part of Water Quality Week to highlight correct weed control management & tips on carrying out drainage work to reduce impact on water quality.
ASSAP - Working with farmers to improve water quality
The Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme - ASSAP is in existence since 2018. Advisors are working with farmers in Priority areas for action (PAA) across the country to improve water quality. ASSAP advisors Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers give information about the programme
Catch Crops for Water Quality
There are multiple benefits to using catch or cover crops in a tillage system. In terms of water quality it is the ability of catch crops to reduce nitrate (NO3-N) leaching that makes it a valuable tool for all tillage farmers.
Why LESS is more
Slurry application on Irish farms was often seen as a chore, done to relieve pressure on slurry storage systems in late winter / early spring, traditionally spread by splashplate. Today this is changing fast with the use of low emission slurry spreaders (LESS), as Eamonn Lynch Dairy Advisor,explains
Why You Should Use Protected Urea
Protected urea allows farmers to spread urea based nitrogen during the growing season without the worry of nitrogen (N) being lost from the field through ammonia emissions. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and nitrate leaching when compared to CAN Cathal Somers gives more information
Nitrogen Use Efficiency = Cleaner Water
Deirdre Glynn, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor and Dr. David Wall, Teagasc Researcher both define Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) here. They discuss losses of Nitrogen and how we can avoid this going forward through soil testing, nutrient planning, responsible fertiliser and slurry spreading and more
How Nitrate leaching occurs
Nitrate leaching can occur during times of heavy or prolonged rainfall. Free draining soils are particularly susceptible to nitrate loss as it's very mobile in soil and readily leaches groundwater. The highest risk is in winter and early spring, as Prof Owen Fenton, Teagasc Researcher explains
ASSAP- Farming for Water Quality
ASSAP – Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme works with farmers in a free and confidential advisory service to help improve water quality. Priority areas for action (PAA) are being targeted across the country to improve water quality.
Farming for Water Quality in a Priority Area for Action - Farmer Testimonial
The Glenaboy river in county Waterford is currently at Moderate ecological status. The river catchment is in a Priority Area for Action (PAA) for the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP). Find out how farmers and ASSAP advisors work together to improve water quality
Water Quality in your area & accessing catchments.ie
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) operate a number of water quality monitoring programmes to assess the condition of waters in Ireland. The outcome these monitoring programmes is available to see on the EPA interactive map.The map can be accessed on the website catchments.ie
Water Quality Indicators - Chemical Sampling
It is important to understand what causes damage to our waters and work together to protect them. As part of Water Quality Week and World Water Day today, LAWPRO Scientists demonstrate here what the chemical indicators of water quality are and how this sampling is carried out
Using kick sampling to determine the quality of water in a river?
Macro-invertebrates are small aquatic animals such as insect larva, snails, worms, beetles etc and are excellent indicators of water quality. Where rivers are unpolluted these are in abundance. Scientists examine these macroinvertebrates by kick sampling, as LAWPRO catchment scientists demonstrate
Why is water quality important?
We need safe and secure waters to supply agriculture, industry and our drinking water needs. It is important that we understand what causes damage to our waters and work together to protect them. As part of Water Quality Week and World Water Day today, LAWPRO Scientist Ruth Hennessy has more here
The past, present & future of water quality in Ireland
In this bonus episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Jenny Deakin EPA catchment unit manager joins Teagasc’s Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to discuss the past, present & future of water quality in Ireland and how climate change will challenge us all.
EU's green deal - Essential role of legumes
This webinar is a Legume innovation and networking workshop which is hosted by Mark Gibson and brought to you by Teagasc. The legumes innovation workshop aims to identify transition paths enabling home grown legumes in a more sustainable food and feed value chain.
Farmer Safety Health and Wellness Webinar Series: Rena Buckley
Carbery Group, Cork recently held a Webinar on Farm Safety, Health and Wellness for farmer suppliers in advance of a busy spring. The Event will now be shown as a series of Webinars for 3 Sundays. The second is Rena Buckley, giving pointers on Gaining Health through, Exercise and Diet
Teagasc forest establishment workshops very well received
During February and March, landowners were able to participate in three one-hour online workshops “Planting a new forest - Getting started”, organised by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department. Close to 600 people registered for these workshops and each session had well over 300 participants
Water Quality Week
Teagasc Water Quality Week runs next week Monday, 22nd March to Friday, 26th March. Water quality week is organised in collaboration with the dairy processing co-ops and the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO). Noel Meehan, Programme Manager ASSAP has details of the plans for the week here
Farm Business Options Webinar - Agri-Tourism and Poultry in Cavan
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 9th March 2021, host, Bernard Doorley, Teagasc Offaly was joined by three local farmers to discuss agri-tourism and poultry in Cavan.
Teagasc Daily – One year on
Today is the 1st Anniversary of the introduction of Teagasc Daily, a new digital communication channel providing information to Teagasc audiences. It was set up in response to the first Covid related lockdown last March, as a digital tool to maintain knowledge transfer to Teagasc audiences.
Tillage Update 18th March 2021
Shay Phelan, Teagasc Crops Specialist provides this weeks Tillage Update, in which he discusses the latest agronomy issues for Winter Barley and Winter Wheat. He has specific advice on Yellow Rust in Winter Wheat and emphasises prioritising the sowing of spring crops of beans, oats and wheat now
Maximising your nitrogen application on farm
Getting the best out of every kilogram of nitrogen applied on farm is not only desirable but necessary from a financial and environmental perspective and Dr Richie Hackett from Oak Park, Teagasc joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to explain more.
Tillage Newsletter - March 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Winter cereals - Phosphorus and potassium; Winter barley & Winter wheat; Spring crops - Spring beans & Spring barley; Straw incorporation measure; Date for your diary; and Health & Safety.
Saint Patrick in Ireland: Names and Places
Lá Fhéile Pádraig shona dhaoibh! For Saint Patrick’ Day we have a special map, dedicated to Ireland’s patron saint. The static map provides an overview of the townlands and settlements deriving their names from Saint Patrick, including a short summary of the mythology. Read on for more details
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - John & Margaret Murphy
John & Margaret Murphy, Co. Cork are GLAS participants who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to an old stone outbuilding on the farm. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For the past four days Teagasc Daily focused on Co Cork participants of this scheme
Farmer Safety Health and Wellness Webinar Series: Steve Redmond
Carbery Group, Cork recently held a Webinar on Farm Safety, Health and Wellness for farmer suppliers in advance of a busy spring. The Event will now be shown as a series of Webinars from today for 3 Sundays. The first is Steve Redmond, first person to complete the ‘Seven Ocean’s Challenge
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Tom O'Neill
Tom O'Neill, Co. Cork is a GLAS participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to an old 1740s tower building. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For one more day, of a four day focus, Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
Sustainable Soil Health Management in Vegetable Production Webinar
The third webinar in the Teagasc Vegetable Series took place on Wednesday, 3rd March 2021. This webinar focused on the specific challenges for field vegetable production on soil health. Event hosts were Eoin Sweetman and Andy Whelton, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Kevin Wood
Kevin Wood, Co. Cork is a GLAS participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs mainly to a lofted grain store dating back to 1888. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For two more days Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
New farm forests are backing biodiversity
Ireland’s new forests are working to reverse the decline in our national biodiversity and strengthen environmental sustainability. Teagasc Forestry advisor, Noel Kennedy, explains how biodiversity protection and enhancement are at the heart of today’s young forests.
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Siobhan Madden
Siobhan Madden, Co. Cork is a GLAS 3 participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to adjoining 200 year old buildings. Enda Maloney, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For the next three days Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
Tillage Update 11th March 2021
As we get closer to St Patrick’s Day, it is important to prioritise the planting of spring beans. History has shown that yield will be more variable when spring beans are planted in late March and April. Ciaran Collins, Crops Specialist has advice on planting Spring Beans and a winter cereals update
Increasing fertiliser precision
Testing soil fertility (pH, phosphate, potassium, etc.) is one of the most important jobs a farmer can do on the farm. On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Conor O’Callaghan, from Teagasc, Dublin and Martin Ennis, a farmer from north county Dublin, join Michael Hennessy to discuss this topic.
The Signpost Series - Impact of climate change on smallholder food production in the tropics
In this episode of The Signpost Series, Mark Gibson is joined by Paul Wagstaff, Senior Agricultural Advisor with Self Help Africa who speaks about the impact of climate change on smallholder food production in the tropics and the interventions that can be used to reduce the impacts of climate change
Timoleague Agricultural Catchment Programme Update
Teagasc’s Agricultural Catchments Programme has been monitoring water quality in 6 locations across Ireland to investigate the impact of agriculture on water quality in these catchments. Oisín Coakley, ACP Advisor, provides an update on the 8km square Timoleague catchment here
Today's Farm - March/April 2021
The March/April edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. One of the main articles in this edition is a Q& A with the new Teagasc Head of Knowledge Transfer, Stan Lalor. It also has articles on fertiliser, Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), how birds use hedges, and more.
Farm Planning – Don’t leave it to the last minute
Andy Ryder, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Westport focuses on applications for and changes to, Herd Numbers. He identifies how this impacts on Basic Payment Scheme, ANC, GLAS and Forestry schemes. Andy emphasizes the importance of planning in advance and not leaving Herd No changes until the last minute
Tillage Update 5th March 2021
Ground has dried out quickly over the past week. However areas which had water lying will take another 4-5 days before they can be travelled. All tillage farmers are now in the process of getting starter fertiliser applied and primary cultivations completed as Michael Hennessy, Head of Crops details
Signpost Series Webinar - The Signpost Farm Programme: Teagasc campaign for climate action
On a recent episode of The Signpost Series webinars, which took place on Friday, 19 February, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Dr Tom O’Dwyer, Head of the Teagasc Signpost Programme to discuss The Signpost Programme - Leading climate action by Irish farmers.
March Management of Winter and Spring Cereals
Michael McCarthy, Teagasc Business and Technology Tillage Advisor West Cork, has management advice on winter cereals. He recommends prioritising fertiliser application and weed control now. He advises on spring barley seed rates and reminds nitrates derogation farmers of their liming requirements
Teagasc Crop Agronomy Update Webinar
The second of the Teagasc Crop Agronomy Update Webinars took place on Tuesday, 2nd March. Teagasc researchers, specialists and advisors updated growers on crop agronomy for the coming weeks. Advice on nitrogen, P&K, PGR and disease control were also discussed.
Latest Crop Agronomy Webinar – Farmer Q&As
This week Teagasc hosted the first in a new series of Crop Agronomy webinars. The question and answer session is worth listening to again here. This episode of the Tillage Edge covers winter barley, winter oats and preparing for planting spring beans and spring barley for the coming season
Teagasc SRUC Digital Solutions Conference 2021
The role of digital in securing a green rural economy was the focus of a joint virtual conference, held by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Teagasc, which took place on Tuesday, 9th February. The virtual conference was the third in a series of annual events.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Social Farming
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, host Barry Caslin, Teagasc was joined by Helen Doherty, Social Farming Ireland and two social dairy farmers, to outline what anyone considering running a Social Farm enterprise needs to know.
The Role of Legumes in Reducing Fertilizer N Usage Webinar
Legumes can replace fertilizer N on grassland and arable farms, lowering greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and improving water quality. The third Legume Innovation and Networking Workshop takes place online as an interactive webinar on Wednesday 3rd March at 9.30am. Register here
Spring -Crop Management and Sowing
John Galvin, Teagasc Drystock and Tillage Advisor, Galway has advice here on winter barley management and spring barley sowing. He gives an update on the new Straw Incorporation Measure (SIM) scheme as part of Basic Payment Scheme application for 2021 and introduces the Area Monitoring System (AMS)
Soil sampling - Money well spent
Now is the ideal time of the year to take soil samples on your farm if you have not done so in the recent past as it will provide vital information on the soil fertility status of your farm. Ciaran Beatty, Teagasc Advisor, Castlerea, advises not to delay in having soil samples taken
The Importance of Hedgerows
The Environment Edge is Teagasc’s environment podcast focusing on challenges and opportunities in agriculture. In this episode, Dr Catherine Kenna, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist, joins presenters Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to discuss the importance of hedgerows as wildlife corridors
Farm Business Options Webinar - Award-winning potato, cheese and pet farm enterprises in Co. Cork
On a recent Farm Business Options Webinar held Tuesday, 23 February, host Aisling Molloy, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Kanturk was joined by Norma Dinneen, Bó Rua Farm; Ned English, Castlecor Potatoes and Teresa Leahy, Leahy’s Open Farm to discuss Award-winning potato, cheese and pet farm enterprises
Additional resources to meet demand for Green Cert Courses | Teagasc Virtual College Open Days
Teagasc welcomes the recent announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., giving approval for the recruitment of 20 fixed term education staff to meet exceptional demand for Teagasc Green Cert courses.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Protected Urea: A Research Update
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series webinars, which took place on Friday, 12 February, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by guest speaker Patrick Forrestal, Teagasc Johnstown Castle to discuss Protected Urea: A Research Update.
Tillage Edge Update 25th February 2021
Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist reports from a number of tillage fields in the southeast on how crops have developed over the recent months. Crops have over wintered will with well rooted and good tiller development. Crops look to have greened up well despite the cold, wet weather
Malting Barley Conference 2021 – the Q&A panel session
Teagasc hosted a Malting barley webinar on Tuesday 23rd of February which covered many areas such as liquid nitrogen, cover crops, ramularia and the activities as part of the Teagasc Boortmalt joint programme. The questions and answers session is the focus of this week’s Tillage Edge podcast.
Malting Barley Conference February 2021
The Teagasc Malting Barley Conference in conjunction with Boortmalt, took place virtually on Tuesday 23 February at 11.30 am. An interesting line up of speakers from Teagasc, Boortmalt and farmers presented on a range of topics from nitrogen application to disease control and Joint Programme update
Are you interested in coming to a Teagasc College?
Interested in pursuing a career in the land and agri-food sector? Have you considered applying for a course at a Teagasc college? Teagasc colleges offer a wide array of full-time and part-time courses in agriculture, horticulture, equine, forestry and more. Sign up & Join our March Virtual Open Days
What do I need to know about my Basic Payment Application 2021?
In recent days farmers have been receiving a BPS information pack in the post containing maps and land details. On this week’s Beef Edge podcast, Teagasc Farm Management Specialist James McDonnell, joins Catherine Egan to discuss all you need to know about your basic payment application online form
Brexit Trade Deal prevents Predicted Drop in Farm Income
A new report by economists at Teagasc published today, 23 February estimates that the average family farm income (FFI) in Ireland may increase by 3 per cent in 2021. Overall, some price inflation for farm inputs will be more than offset by higher prices for some farm outputs. Read more here
Nitrogen Use Efficiency
The Environment Edge is Teagasc’s environment podcast focusing on challenges and opportunities in agriculture. In the first episode of The EnvironmentEdge, presenters Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn speak to Dr. David Wall, Teagasc researcher in Johnstown Castle on improving nitrogen use efficiency
Safety Tips when Handling Fertiliser
Fertiliser spreading season is upon us and so health and safety must always be a priority. Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist, Francis Bligh, looks at the actions that can be taken to prevent injury when handling fertiliser.
Teagasc Carrot Fly Webinar
A Vegetable Webinar focusing on Carrot Fly, hosted by the Teagasc Horticulture Development Department, took place on Tuesday, 26th January 2021. Webinar hosts Andy Whelton & Eoin Sweetman, were joined by Prof. Rosemary Collier of Warwick University and UK carrot and parsnip consultant Colin Noble
Let it Bee Project- A community approach to tackling pesticide issues in Newport
In order to pollinate crops and wild plants we need an abundance and diversity of wild pollinators and honeybees. Looking for a solution to the many pesticide exceedances in the Newport river catchment, the “Let It Bee” project begins. Mary Roache, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Westport has details
Weather and Soil crucial to making great Whisky
A new academic study has provided conclusive proof of terroir’s influence on whisky, settling decades of an industry-dividing debate for both whisky drinkers and producers alike. Terroir is the French principle that factors like soil, microclimate, and topography together can influence flavour
€2.7million funding for Ireland-Wales ‘Healthy Oats’ collaboration
The ‘Healthy Oats’ project – €2.18million of which has been granted from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Ireland-Wales Cooperation Programme will help farmers and industry prepare for the changes pending under the EU Green deal, including reduced use of fertilisers & pesticides
Tillage Update - 18th February 2021
Shay Phelan, Teagasc Crops Specialist has the update on winter barley and winter oilseed rape crops for the week. He advises carrying out plant counts at this time in winter barley. He refers to pigeon grazing and light leaf spot in winter oilseed rape and also has advice on dealing with cover crops
2021 National Tillage Conference
The 2021 National Tillage Conference took place virtually, split over two days, on Wednesday, 3rd February and Wednesday, 17th February.
Winter Crop agronomy – a Q&A session with Teagasc experts
Teagasc hosted a Winter Crops Agronomy update webinar on Tuesday 9th February which covered the management needs of winter barley, winter wheat and oilseed rape for the coming few weeks. This week’s Tillage Edge podcast features the questions and answer session from that webinar.
Malting Barley Conference 2021
The Teagasc Malting Barley Conference in conjunction with Boortmalt,takes place virtually on Tuesday 23 February at 11.30 am. An interesting line up of speakers from Teagasc, Boortmalt and farmers to present on a range of topics from nitrogen application to disease control and more. Register online
Teagasc Mayo Webinar - Farming for a Sustainable Future
Teagasc Mayo is hosting a series of online events consisting of relevant and practical advice for farmers in the Region. This first webinar, on Wednesday 17 February at 8pm, moderated by Brendan Garry, Teagasc will focus on farming for a sustainable future. More details here on speakers and topics
2021 Tillage Conference Session Two
The 2021 National Tillage Conference takes place virtually, split over two days. The first session took place on Wednesday, 3rd February. The second session is on Wednesday, 17th February at 11.30 am. Details on how to register and information on the speakers and topics can be found here
Environment Newsletter - February 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dates for your diary; Think before you plant a new hedge; Message from ASSAP - Don’t lose any fertiliser you spread; & Message from Signpost Programme - Now is the time for climate action.
Forestry Workshops: A new forest – getting started
Connect with your local Teagasc forestry advisor by registering for three informal online workshops to learn about starting a new forest. From Monday 15 February through March, landowners can join their local one-hour online workshops with Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department to find out more
Winter Crop Agronomy Webinar: 9 February 2021
Teagasc researchers, specialists and advisors will update growers on crop agronomy in the coming weeks. Session One, which took place on Tuesday 9th February 2021, covered crops from across the country with advice on nitrogen, P&K, weed control, PGR and disease control
Tillage Update - 11th February 2021
As many tillage farmers are preparing for the commencement of field work Teagasc tillage advisors took to the fields this week to assess the condition of winter crops for the first Teagasc tillage crop walk held on Zoom this week. Teagasc crops specialist Ciaran Collins reports from the event
The Dublin man farming 750ha in the UK
Andy Mahon, from Dublin is a farm manager on the Bromborough Estate Farm in North Bedfordshire, which is roughly halfway between London and Birmingham and firmly in the heart of arable country and he joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast.
Tillage Newsletter - February 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Cover crops; Spring beans; Winter oilseed rape; Upcoming Teagasc events; Teagasc Tillage Podcast; and Health & safety - Review your risk assessment.
Although Spring is here we are still experiencing wintry weather with snow and hazardous conditions forecast for the coming days. It is with this in mind that Teagasc advises farmers to be 'winter-ready' and provides some useful tips for farming during severe weather conditions and advance planning
Creating a farm plan that secures your future in farming
Sometimes in order to be successful, a business must reset – Bob McNair. Farmers are a resilient breed - they have faced many challenges over the last few years. Farmers who hope to improve their business must plan. Farm Management Specialist James McDonnell has some advice and guidance
Tillage Update - 5th February
The forecast is for very cold weather next week so this will keep soil temperatures low, stopping any chance of growth for a few weeks at least. However, Michael Hennessy, Teagasc Head of Crops, suggests that it is a great time to get out and follow the water flow on your farm to identify problems
Farm Business Options Webinar - Irish Farmers Connecting to the Grid
On the Farm Business Options Webinar, on Tuesday 26 January, host, Barry Caslin, Energy & Rural Development Specialist, Teagasc was joined by Grainne Blount, Natural Forces; Tom Marren, Astatine and Rory Mullan, MullanGrid Consulting to discuss the options for Irish farmers connecting to the Grid
Increasing soil pH reduces fertiliser derived N2O emissions
A new scientific paper from Teagasc shows that getting soil pH right through liming can significantly reduce emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas. The AGEE published paper is from researchers at the Teagasc Environment, Soils and Land-Use Department in Johnstown Castle.
Brexit effects for tillage farmers
Tillage farmers were always likely to be the least affected whether there was a Brexit agreement or not according to Fiona Thorne, an economist in Teagasc. However, areas such as goods stuck in the supply chain may be affected. Join Michael Hennessy on this weeks Tillage Edge podcast to hear more
2021 Tillage Conference
The 2021 National Tillage Conference takes place virtually, split over two days. The first session takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, 3rd February at 11.30 am and the second session is on Wednesday, 17th February. Details on how to register and information on the speakers and topics can be found below
Teagasc re-introduce COVID-19 telephone helpline for farmers
Teagasc have confirmed today Friday, 29 January that the telephone helpline to assist with queries in relation to COVID-19 issues is re-opening for all farmers. The helpline 076 1113533 is open to all farmers Monday to Friday.
Planning and priming our soils for the year ahead
Over the last month weather conditions have reduced any opportunity in the fields to get some winter ploughing done. Soils are saturated. Wait until soils are dry enough before carrying out field operations such as ploughing, advises Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist, Johnstown Castle
Teagasc Online Slurry Spreader Calibration Calculator
Many farmers will use Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS) methods such as a dribble bar, for the first time in place of the traditional splash plate. When using a new application method it's important to apply the slurry accurately as Francis Quigley, Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist explains
Maximising rotations – the Scottish experience
On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Dr Cathy Hawes, from the James Hutton Institute near Dundee in Scotland, joins Michael Hennessy to discuss the Scottish experience of maximising rotations.
Spring Tillage Seminars - Webinar 2
Last week Teagasc Crops hosted two interactive Tillage webinars with Teagasc Tillage Specialists & Advisors. See recording of the second of the Spring Tillage Seminars webinar on topics of BREXIT, organic manures and Beans below
January begins Teagasc Tillage Month
January is generally a quiet month for tillage farmers. Looking out at your fields to see if they are drying out after the last bout of rain or in the workshop completing maintenance on critical machinery are the most common activities at the moment. Michael Hennessy, Head of Crops has suggestions
Teagasc highlight Farm Diversification Opportunities
Farm Diversification is the establishment of a new enterprise on farm. It usually refers to a non-agricultural or novel enterprise. Many farmers and rural dwellers are interested in diversifying their farm enterprise. Teagasc has a suite of 79 Farm Diversification Factsheets and videos to help
The benefits of organic manures for tillage farmers
Organic manures can supply a badly needed source of carbon to tillage soils according to Mark Plunkett, a Soils and Plant Nutrition Specialist in Teagasc on the latest Tillage Edge podcast.
Spring Tillage Seminars Webinar
This week Teagasc Crops is hosting two interactive Tillage webinars with Teagasc Tillage Specialists & Advisors. See recording of the first on Spring Cereal Varieties, Straw incorporation scheme & biodiversity below. The second is at 11.30am tomorrow on topics of BREXIT, organic manures and Beans
Today's Farm - January/February 2021
The January/February edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on grass, covering topics such as getting ready for grass; Newford Herd makes gains on grass; why paddocks = profit and more.
James Hoey - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
James Hoey is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. James farms dairy & tillage with his father Jim, near Dunleer, Co. Louth. In 2020 the farm grew over 16.3 T DM/ha. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Achieving Maximum Utilisation of Forage Crops with Sheep
The key to improve utilisation of a forage crop is to choose the correct crop for your farm and farming system. Different crop species have different sowing times, utilisation periods and dry matter yield. Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor has the details
Winter Malting Barley - a growing interest
There is a growing interest in winter malting barley in Ireland. Eoin Lyons, Teagasc /Boormalt Joint Programme Advisor, discusses the expansion of the crop. He takes us through the trial work and developments to date, the varieties grown and the future prospects of this "new to Ireland" crop
The importance of taking a proper soil sample
The principle of soil analysis is to determine the average nutrient status of an area and to show the available nutrients in the soil. Once known you can then apply nutrients to bring your soils to optimum fertility. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist advises on proper soil sampling below
Tillage Newsletter - January 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Lime and soil pH; Spring beans; Health & Safety - Health is wealth; Dates for your diary & The Tillage Edge Podcast.
Preventing Deaths with Slurry
The Slurry Spreading season commences in many parts of the Country after the 12th January. With 10% of deaths being slurry-related in the 10 year period to 2020, John McNamara and Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists discuss the dangers and prevention of deaths with slurry
Complete the Profit Monitor now
Early January is a great time to reflect on the year gone by and prepare a Profit Monitor. The Profit Monitor will look at the financial performance of your business in detail. Specialist George Ramsbottom outlines the benefits and process.
Getting farm safety culture right
In 2020 19 farm workplace deaths took place on Irish farms.This compares with an annual average of about 20 per year over the last decade. Farm workplace injuries are particularly associated with tractors and machinery, livestock, falls from heights and objects falling as John McNamara points out.
Farmers are rapidly upskilling in Information Technology
Charlie Devaney Teagasc Advisor Roscommon, encourages all farmers not to be afraid of change, to embrace technology and discover the benefits of accessing information and meetings online. Farmers and advisors alike are adapting to IT which has been accelerated through the Covid-19 lock-downs.
Hemp for a Sustainable Future – Teagasc award at BTYSTE 2021 announced
Cian Walsh, a transition year student at St. Brogan's College, Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co. Cork, is the winner of the Teagasc award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2021 (BTYSTE). Cian’s project looked at the social, economic and environmental benefits and drawbacks of growing hemp
TResearch Winter 2020
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Winter edition of TResearch has a special feature on Walsh Scholars 2020; Potato Blight; Acoustic sensors for monitoring dairy processes and more.
5 Steps to taking a soil sample
Here in just five easy steps Edward Egan & Tara Heaney, Teagasc Meath Advisors, take us through the process of taking a soil sample correctly in order to get a reliable soil result.
Teagasc at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE 2021)
Visit the Teagasc virtual stand in the ‘World of Science and Technology’ at BTYSTE 2021, taking place each day from 6th - 8th January at 9 am - 5.30pm. Find out more about the Teagasc prize that is awarded each year to an agricultural or food related project.
Is growing rye an option for your farm?
Growing rye is becoming more of an option for farmers in recent years and on the latest episode of the Tillage Edge, Michael Hennessy speaks to Tipperary farmer, Gerard O’Mara, Teagasc tillage specialist, Ciaran Collins, and Teagasc adviser, Conor Kavanagh, to find out more.
Aim for Zero Farm Accidents in 2021
Aim for Zero farm accidents every day in 2021. An accident causes tragedy and leads to tragedy, pain and suffering, and possibly lifelong disability. It is in everyone’s best interests to put time and effort into preventing accidents.This is the message from John McNamara Health & Safety Specialist
Have you listened to the Beef Edge Podcast?
Podcasts are free audio shows that anyone with an iPhone, Android or computer can listen to. The Beef Edge podcast is celebrating its 1st Anniversary. Presented by Teagasc Beef Specialist Catherine Egan, the podcast covers the latest news, information and advice to improve your beef farm performance
Outlook 2021 Conference (Webinar)
Outlook 2021 Conference took place virtually this year on Tuesday, 1st December. This webinar included details on farm financials across all the major farming systems in Ireland, including output and input prices and agricultural income.
Gaining Wellness around Christmas Time
The year gone by has been like no other in terms of the challenge of keeping COVID-19 at bay. The holiday period at Christmas time presents a time to relax and gain ‘Wellness’ so ‘batteries can be recharged’ for the year ahead. John McNAmara Health & Safety Specialist has Wellness pointers for all
A Review of the 2020 Growing Season
On the final Tillage Edge podcast for the year, Michael Hennessy reviewed the 2020 growing season with Teagasc Crops Specialists Ciaran Collins and Shay Phelan.
Keep safe during the Christmas break
Francis Bligh Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, has some important advice for farmers in keeping safe during the Christmas break. Read about farmyard safety, creating a safe place on the farm for children, dealing with the cold weather, frozen pipes, lighting, farm animals, machinery and more here
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Tillage Crops
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Tillage was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Technical performance indicators; Research & technology transfer actions and Comment.
Tillage Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Crop management; Yearly review; Nutrient management planning; Teagasc The Tillage Edge Podcast & Grass weed survey.
Tillage Update - 10th December
As the year winds down and Christmas nearly upon us, time for reflection or focusing on the future? Looking back at the year gone by it has been very difficult for all. Weather related issues dominated the crop growing year, with a wet start, to drought to storms at harvest, Michael Hennessy ponders
Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - Land Use: Making the most of our land
The eighth webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on Land Use. Making the most of our land is the second of five Land Use webinars, where Teagasc researchers give an overview of current research that explores this complex research topic.
Plant Breeding & Biotechnology
On the latest Tillage Edge podcast, Dr Ewen Mullins from Teagasc, Oak Park joined Michael Hennessy to discuss and explain the developments in plant breeding and biotechnology.
Soil Health Series: Soil Chemical Quality Indicators
Soil health emphasises the soil biological community as a key driver of soils capacity to deliver multiple functions. Researcher Karen Daly tells us about chemical indicators that can be used to assess the health of our soils.
Soil Health Series: Soil Physical Quality Indicators
Soil health is described as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals & humans. Researchers investigated different types of soil physical indicators. Teagasc Researchers Owen Fenton, Dermot Forristal & Giulia Bondi give more information.
World Soil Day
World Soil Day is marked on 5 December each year as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to promote sustainable soil management. Find out more about World Soil Day and the work being carried out within the Soil Programme in Teagasc.
New rules for farm roadways in 2021
New requirements on farmers to prevent direct runoff of soiled water from farm roadways from 1st January 2021 are published. Cathal Somers, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor has more information as part of the Teagasc Waterford/Kilkenny Sustainability Series.
The FarmDemo Training Kit has been updated
A unique collaboration between three European H2020 projects, AgriDemo-F2F, PLAID and NEFERTITI, resulted in the development of the FarmDemo Training kit for the organization of farm demonstration events. John Moriarty Advisor on the NEFERTITI and NEWBIE EU H2020 projects has the information
Tillage Update - 26th November
Favourable weather for planting in late September and the first half of October has resulted in the winter crop area returning to near normal levels. Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Tillage Specialist takes a look at Winter crop establishment and talks about Slugs, Winter Oilseed Rape and "On Feirm Ground"
Managing Your Greatest Asset: Your Health
Dr Noel Richardson, Lecturer and Director of HealthCORE in IT Carlow, joined Michael Hennessy on the latest episode of the Tillage Edge podcast to speak about farmers’ health and research carried out for the ‘On Feirm Ground’ initiative.
Outlook 2021 Virtual Conference
Outlook 2021 Conference takes place virtually this year on Tuesday, 1st December at 9:30am. This webinar is relevant to farm representative organisations, food businesses and representative bodies, financial institutions, academics, policy makers and farmers.
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Transferring the family farm is a business transaction with complex issues to address. An online seminar on farm succession with Teagasc Farm Management Specialists was held to help farm families with this process. It covered all aspects that need to be considered when writing a succession plan
Tillage Update - 19th November
Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist reports from a number of tillage fields with Martin Bourke, Tillage Advisor, Wicklow on how crops have developed. Over the last number of weeks crops are emerging well with good leaf, tiller and root development.
Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year Awards 2019 - We have a winner!
Enda Farrell of Co. Longford, is the 2019 Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year. The announcement was made at an online virtual awards ceremony on Monday. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, congratulated Enda Farrell and all finalists, wishing them well in their careers
The Embrace Farm Accident Support Network and how it can help
From 2010 - 2019, 214 farmers lost their lives through a farming accident. On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast, founding member of Embrace FARM (Farm Accident Support Network) Norma Rohan outlines the services it offers.
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Join us on Tuesday, 17 November at 7:30pm for a short seminar on farm succession, led by Teagasc Farm Management Specialists followed by an opportunity to submit your questions to them privately and have them answered on a one to one basis.
Today's Farm - October/November 2020
The November/December edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on the environment, covering topics such as the Teagasc Biodiversity Management Practice Index (BMPI); How to reduce energy consumption on your dairy farm; farm roadways and more.
Tillage Update - 12th November
The year has all but closed to new planting, with the heavy rain over the past week and more due this weekend. Planting is all but complete with reports of similar levels to 2019. Reviewing this year’s crops performance has never been as important is the message from Michael Hennessy, Head of Crops
Tillage Edge - Episode 30
Catherine Keena, Environmental Specialist in Teagasc joins Michael Hennessy on the latest Tillage Edge podcast to talk about hedges on tillage farms and how best to manage them.
Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report 2019 Webinar
The Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report 2019 Webinar took place on Tuesday, 3 November 2020. It provided an overview of the latest Sustainability Assessment for Irish Agriculture, including outcomes for 2019.
Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc 2020
Join Teagasc for a series of exciting virtual events for Science Week (November 8-15) as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc’. The theme for Science Week 2020 is ‘Choosing our Future’; focusing on how science can improve our lives in the future and in the present.
Crop monitoring is an important part of Integrated Pest Management
Shay Phelan, Crops Specialist, outlines the importance of crop monitoring in controlling different pests, weeds or diseases in crops. Crop monitoring helps assess whether control is warranted or not. Shay also recommends using the Teagasc eProfit Monitor to complete the annual crop financial records
Assessing Weed and BYDV control options in winter cereals
Many of the late September/ early October crops are well established at this stage and attention has now turned to decisions regarding weed control and BYDV control. Shay Phelan, Crops Specialist, takes an in-depth look at post-emergence weed control in winter cereals and crop assessment for aphids.
Weed Control in Winter Barley
Reducing the competition effect of autumn germinating weeds on the winter barley crop over winter is the primary objective of an autumn herbicide application. Veronica Nyhan, Teagasc Portlaoise and Ivan Whitten, Teagasc Naas have more information on successful integrated weed management.
Tillage Newsletter - November 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Winter cereals focusing on BYDV, weed control & slugs; Winter oilseed rape covering topics such as weeds & disease; find out about the Teagasc Tillage Podcast and the ongoing grass weed survey.
Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report - 2019 Webinar
Sustainability is at the core of Agricultural Policy both in Ireland and in the European Union. Join Teagasc researchers to learn about the Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability of Irish Agriculture, including outcomes for 2019.
Field Beans Survey
Field beans are well-suited to the Irish climate. The 2020 growing season varied considerably across Ireland. Given the weather conditions in 2020 Teagasc are interested in capturing farmer actions to help us understand where farmer actions may affect yield variability.
On the path to biodiversity recovery
The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 has proposed a number of challenging targets that will inform policy, practice and research for the coming decades. Researchers John Finn and Daire Ó hUallacháin go through some that are relevant to agriculture
EU Green Deal for a climate- neutral Europe
The EU Green Deal is the big initiative of the recently installed EU Commission. Led by Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen it has the overall aim of making Europe a climate-neutral continent by 2050. Articles on the main aspects of the Green Deal will be published here on Teagasc Daily.
Complete drilling as soon as possible
For most areas drilling of winter cereal crops has progressed quite well with some growers completed at this stage. In the areas where drilling is not complete the question is when to stop drilling? Crops specilaist Shay Phelan has some advice and guidance on this also BYDV and a recent workshop.
Improving water quality in tillage areas with ASSAP
Decreased water quality issues are widespread across Ireland regardless of area or farming system in that area and ASSAP, the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme, is tasked with working with farmers to help improve water quality.
Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders ( MSDs) among Farmers in Ireland - Webinar
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a serious cause for concern for farmers. Research found that 57% of farmers lost full time workdays, with over 22% losing 15 days or more. Join the webinar on Thursday, 29th October to get advice and information on prevention of MSDs
Farm Business Options Webinar: Steps towards an on farm diversification
The second webinar in the Farm Business Options Series took place on Tuesday, 20 October. Host Barry Caslin, Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist was joined by Allen McAdam, CEO, MCA Consulting to discuss the steps towards an on farm diversification.
BYDV Management in Winter Barley
Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus or BYDV, is a virus that is transmitted by aphids and affects various cereal crops, in particular Winter Barley. BYDV is introduced into the crop by aphids flying into the crop & their offspring spread BYDV. Shane Kennedy & John Brophy, Teagasc Louth have more information.
Tillage Update - 22nd October
Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist reports from a number of tillage fields with Martin Bourke, Tillage Advisor, Wicklow. A lot of progress has been made over the last number of days & weeks with the planting and establishment of winter cereal crops
Working Towards Positive Mental Health
Over the last number of months, farming has been challenging. COVID-19 has made the normal demands of farming even more difficult which can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. Francis Bligh & John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists have some advice on Positive Mental Health.
How tillage crops can influence the biodiversity on an agricultural landscape
Dr. Daire O’Huallachain, an agro-ecologist in Teagasc, joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s episode of The Tillage Edge Podcast to discuss biodiversity on the agricultural landscape.
Tillage Update - 15th October
Ciaran Collins, Tillage Specialist, advises on increasing seed rates from now on for later sowing of winter cereals and sets out targets for establishment. He outlines pre-emergence weed control options where grass weeds are a problem in particular.
Farm Business Options Webinar Series
A new weekly Teagasc webinar called ‘Farm Business Options’ will feature news, views and interviews on current topics relevant to farm business diversification in Irish Agriculture. Farm Business Options will be broadcast live from 11am to 12noon every Tuesday from October 13th 2020.
Tillage Update - 8th October
Michael Hennessy, Tillage Specialist says there is still plenty of time to plant winter cereals. He looks at post emergence weed control in winter crops. He warns that all farmers with black grass should be ultra cautious and do everything in their power to eliminate that weed from their farms.
Advice for weed control at this time of year
Dr Stephen Kildea, a plant pathologist in Teagasc and Ciaran Collins, a crops specialist in Teagasc joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to discuss weed control at this time of year.
Tillage Newsletter - October 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: winter cereal varieties for 2020; oilseed rape; aphids; Autumn weed control; Grass weed survey and health & safety - Check lighting and electrical switches.
National Potato Day 2020
Teagasc supports National Potato Day as the only potato breeder of new varieties in Ireland. Did you know the Potato is the world’s third most important food crop with global acreage rising faster than that of any other crop due to its high yield potential and excellent nutritional characteristics?
Tillage Update - 1st October
Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist discusses the importance of seedbed conditions when establishing winter cereals and meeting the crops nutrient early requirements in the first 3 to 6 weeks of establishment.
TillageEdge - Episode 26
Dr. Michael Gaffney, a Research Entomologist in Teagasc, joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to discuss aphid control and BYDV.
Up to 50% of fatalities in agriculture involve a farm vehicle or machinery. Serena Gibbons, Teagasc Education Officer Athenry talks through some top tips to staying safe and making our farms safer when it comes to working with tractors
Tillage Update - 24th September
Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Crops Specialist, highlights how the adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices this autumn can contribute to more profitable winter cereals. Ciaran advises on winter barley seeding rates and the application of Phosphorus and Potassium to winter cereals
Weed control in winter cereals
Weed control in winter cereals is the topic covered on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, with Martin Bourke and Jimmy Staples joining Michael Hennessy to discuss in more detail.
Take advantage of weather to spread lime
Now is an ideal time for grassland and tillage farmers to apply Ground Limestone based on soil test results, as weather and soil conditions are good. Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist outlines the facts.
National Crops Forum - Part Two
This year due to Covid19 restrictions the annual National Crops Forum will take place virtually over two evenings. Part Two of the Forum took place on September 17th and focused on how the Green Deal and Farm to Fork policies may affect the tillage industry.
Tillage Update - 17th September
With the harvest of 2020 virtually complete attention will quickly turn to drilling for the 2021 harvest. Shay Phelan, Teagasc Crops Specialist gives some advice on having a cropping plan. Find out what to expect at Part Two of the National Crops Forum and listen to the latest Tillage Edge Podcast.
Managing your farm finances
James McDonnell a Financial Specialist in Teagasc joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to discuss how best to manage your farm finances.
National Crops Forum 2020 - Part Two
This year due to Covid19 restrictions the annual National Crops Forum will take place virtually over two evenings. Part Two of the Forum takes place this evening, Thursday, 17th September at 6:30pm focusing on how the Green Deal and Farm to Fork policies may affect the tillage industry.
National Crops Forum - Part One
This year due to Covid19 restrictions the annual National Crops Forum will take place virtually over two evenings. Part One of the Forum took place on Thursday, 10th September and focused on varieties and agronomy.
Time to think about wildlife on farms
Enda O'Hart, Drystock Advisor in Teagasc Castlerea outlines why he believes that now is the time to think about creating space for wildlife on farms. He looks at how farming has affected biodiversity and ways farmers might improve it going forward
Tillage Update - 10th September
Michael Hennessy, Head of Crops KT Teagasc gives an update on the harvest; planting oilseed rape; benefit of including organic manures into the farming system and gives an insight into this year's National Crops Forum. Listen to the latest Tillage Edge focusing on Markets and forward grain prices.
The cereal harvest around the world and what that means for Irish tillage producers
James Nolan, a grain trader from R&H Hall, joined Michael Hennessy on the Tillage Edge podcast this week to discuss the cereal harvest around the world and what that means for Irish tillage producers.
Steps to Organic Conversion
Organic farming is an overall system of farm management and food production that combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity, the preservation of natural resources, and the application of high welfare standards.
Tillage Newsletter - September 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team. In this month's edition: National Crops Forum; Autumn planting Grass weeds; BYDV; Time for soil sampling; Cereal crop P and K requirements; Soil structure assessment.
National Crops Forum 2020
This year due to Covid19 restrictions the annual National Crops Forum will take place virtually. The Forum will take place over two evenings on September 10th and 17th from 6.30pm to 7.30pm each evening.
Tillage Update - 3rd September
Michael Hennessy, Head of Crops KT Teagasc gives an update on the harvest; outlines the importance of sowing cover crops and oilseed rape soon and gives an insight into this year's National Crops Forum. Listen to the latest episode of the Tillage Edge focusing on soil fertility and soil sampling.
The Importance of Soil Fertility and Soil Sampling
Dr Veronica Nyham from Teagasc, Portlaoise joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s episode of The Tillage Edge Podcast to discuss important aspects of soil fertility and soil sampling.
Today's Farm September - October
The September - October edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on getting into dairy farming. Recent entrants to dairy farming are profiled. Find out more about the Dairy Start-up Course.
A major report on the strategic plan for the Irish Crops sector was launched
The Teagasc Tillage Stakeholder Consultative Group and Minister Heydon launched a key report for the Irish Tillage sector entitled Crops 2030 – A strategic plan to deliver environmental and economic sustainability for the Irish Crops Sector.
Harvest Update from the Midlands and South
On this week’s episode of The Tillage Edge podcast, Michael Hennessy finds out about the harvest so far from the midlands and the south of the country.
Tillage Update - 27th August
Shay Phelan, Teagasc Crops Specialist gives an update on the harvest; tips to help avoid soil damage, particularly after bad weather; advice on how to increase harvest output & crop planning for 2021. Listen to the latest The Tillage Edge Podcast for an update on the harvest in the Midlands & South.
Are you a new entrant to farming?
Could you be Ireland’s best new entrant farmer? This competition invites entries from people who have recently taken up farming or have diversified their farming business
Planning for Autumn Reseeds - 10 Point Plan to consider for Water Quality
Many of you are planning to carry out reseeding this Autumn. Reseeding needs to carried out correctly in order to have no negative impact on the streams and rivers in your area. Claire Mooney, ASSAP Advisor, Teagasc Nenagh outlines a 10 Point Plan to consider for Water Quality.
Safety at Harvest Time
Tillage farms are busy places at present. With current challenging weather making things more difficult it is very important to maintain a focus on managing Health and Safety on the farm. Francis Bligh and John McNamara, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists have some information and advice.
How catch crops can reduce nitrate leaching
Almost 30,000 ha of cover crops are grown in Ireland ever year. Fiona Doolan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor highlights the important environmental role early sown catch crops have in preventing nitrate leaching.
A harvest update and strategies for dessicating potato crops
Desiccating potato crops is the focus of this week’s The Tillage Edge Podcast. Ciaran Collins was joined by Shay Phelan, Teagasc Potato Specialist to discuss it in more detail.
Tillage Update - 20th August
Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Tillage Specialist gives an update on the harvest, particularly in areas affected by rain and drought and an overview of winter oilseed rape & selecting varieties from the DAFM's recommended list. Listen to this week's The Tillage Edge focusing on desiccating potato crops.
Is winter oilseed rape an option for your farm?
Ciaran Collins joins Shay Phelan on this week’s episode of The Tillage Edge podcast to discuss winter oilseed rape as an option for tillage farmers.
Tillage Update August 13th
In this week's Tillage Update, Shay Phelan gives an update on spring barley and winter wheat harvest. Shay also gives advice on stubble management, an area of increasing interest on tillage farms. Finally, Shay gives advice on cover crops and their benefits to tillage farmers.
Tillage Newsletter - August 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Crops team. In this month's edition: Harvest management; Catch crops; Winter oilseed rape; National Crops Forum and Post-harvest stubble management.
Teagasc National Farm Survey 2019 Cereals Enterprise Factsheet
The 2019 National Farm Survey (NFS) recorded data on close to 900 farms. This factsheet summarises the results for the major cereal enterprises (winter wheat and spring barley) on farms within the survey and is based on the data of 80 farms
Tillage Update August 6th
In this week's Tillage Update, Eoin Lyons highlights the ongoing impact of the unsettled weather on harvesting & yields. Eoin analyses the performance of oil seed rape & identifies it as a popular cropping choice this autumn. Finally, Eoin looks forwards at the winter wheat & spring barley harvest.
Harvest 2020 Update
On this week's Tillage Edge podcast Eoin Lyons gets an update on Harvest 2020 from around the country with tillage advisors Ciaran Hickey and Conor O’Callaghan.
Impact of COVID-19 on farm incomes in 2020 now likely to be more limited
At present, fears of a sharp COVID-19 related drop in Irish farm incomes in 2020, seem to have been averted following a gradual recovery in commodity prices and the provision of additional supports to the sector, according to Mid Year Outlook for 2020 produced by Teagasc economists.
Tillage Update July 30th
In this week’s Tillage Update, Michael Hennessy gives an update on the impact of current weather conditions on harvesting and crop yields. Issues with securing straw are identified and the issue of secondary growth in spring crop is highlighted.
The Function and Benefits of Cover Crops
The function and benefits of cover crops on your farm is the topic on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast and Michael Hennessy was joined by Richie Hackett, Teagasc Oak Park, to find out more.
Farm Safely with Tractors, Farm Vehicles and Machinery
Summer is a busy time on farms. Farmers are making the most of the long days and dry conditions to harvest grass and crops, get slurry spread and carry out work around the farmyard. Working safely must be at the core of each and every job.
Do organic and recycled nutrient sources stack up in arable cropping?
There is a growing interest in the potential long-term soil health benefits of including nutrients such as organic or recycling derived fertilisers to meet crop requirements. Researchers Patrick Forrestal and S.M. Ashekuzzaman have some information and advice
Tillage Update July 23rd
To date this year the harvest can be best described as mixed running from good yields of over 4 tons per acre in Cork down to as low as 2 tons per acre in the dryer ground in the south east but also in the later planted crops in the North East. There is some secondary growth in spring barley.
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.
Child Safety on Farms
Health and Safety Authority figures tell us that sadly 21 children lost their lives as a result of farm accidents in the past 10 years. Over 80% of childhood deaths on farms had a farm vehicle or a machine involved.
Farm Safety for Older Farmers
In 2019 twelve farmers over 65 years lost their lives due to farm accidents. This represents 66% of the total number of fatalities. Getting older impacts on a person’s ability to undertake farm related tasks. Farm safety specialists Francis Bligh and John Mc Namara have some relevant advice
Working Safely with Livestock on Farms
Working with livestock is responsible for 39 farm workplace deaths on Irish farms in the last 10 years. During this period 7 deaths were caused by an attack by a bull, 22 by cows and heifers and 5 were associated with cattle. Farm safety specialists Francis Bligh and John McNamara have some advice
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.
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...
TResearch Summer 2020
In this issue of TResearch, we highlight some of the exciting research across Teagasc to identify control strategies against important diseases of mushrooms, barley, potato and laurel.
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
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.
Nutrient Recovery Cycle - Infographic
This infographic outlines the nutrient recovery cycle which can improve the efficient use of resources in pig production. By using pig manure as a fertiliser to grow crops which will in turn be used in making pig feed, a circular economy is created.
Expected tonnage and prices for harvest 2020
Pat Farrell, IFA Grain & Horticulture Executive joined Mark Plunkett on this week’s episode of the Tillage Edge with Pat giving an update on the expected tonnage for the grain harvest both locally and internationally as well as prices for 2020.
Protected Urea - Cost Efficient N
Protected urea (ProUrea) is urea which is treated with a urease inhibitor. The urease inhibitor can be either a) coated onto the outside of the fertiliser granule or b) incorporated into the urea granule melt during manufacture.
Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS)
Cattle slurry is a valuable source of N, P & K produced on farm. The nitrogen (N) in cattle slurry is in the ammonia form similar to N in urea fertilisers and as such can be easily lost to the atmosphere.
Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP)
The ASSAP is a new government / industry collaborative initiative running from 2018 - 2021. The programme offers a free support and advisory service (20 Teagasc and 10 Dairy Co-op advisors) and participation is voluntary. Its aim is to improve water quality through working with farmers.
Webinar - Protecting Nitrogen and Phosphorus inputs on farms
The Signpost Series - ‘Pointing the way to a low emissions agriculture’
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.
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Wednesday
Virtual Beef Week - Sustainable Beef Production Day 3 of Virtual Beef Week Wednesday July 8th
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.
Lower production costs and exceptional aid measures led to a modest increase in average farm income in 2019
The average family farm income rose by 2% in Ireland in 2019, according to a new report by Teagasc. A combination of factors were responsible for the increase in income in 2019, which averaged €23,933.
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.
Questions and Answers with Organic Farmers Ross and Amy Jackson
Ross and Amy Jackson are farming organically in Lacka, Carrig, Co Tipperary. A farm walk was due to take place on their farm. Organic Specialist Elaine Leavy got an update from Ross and Amy.
Bales can kill with lethal force
According to Health and Safety Authority (HAS) show falling bales account for about 5% of farm workplace deaths. There are many safety issues around working with bales.
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland publish the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland have published the first Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report. The report focuses on the establishment and implementation of the ASSAP in 2018 and interaction with farmers up until the 31st December 2019.
Tillage Update - 18th June
This weeks update has information 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.
Questions and Answers with Organic Farmer Donal Keane
Donal and Frederique Keane, Camelton Stud, Summerhill, Co Meath are organic suckler to beef and cereal farmers. A farm walk was due to take place on their farm. Organic Specialist Elaine Leavy got an update from Donal.
5 Minutes to get your Cash Flowing
Teagasc are highlighting the importance of Cash Flow Planning as a vital business tool that all farmers should engage in.
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.
Teagasc announce details of ‘Virtual Beef Week’
Teagasc are holding a ‘Virtual Beef Week’ from Monday 6th to Friday 10th July, to demonstrate best practice and communicate the latest research results relevant to beef farmers.‘