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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.

Dr Gary Lanigan from Teagasc told the forum that even though the corporate world is very interested in sustainability and carbon capture it remains to be seen who will pay farmers for any carbon capture in the future.

Eddie Burgess, Teagasc, maintained that even though tillage farming is relatively efficient in nutrient use, the very nature of our tillage soils makes them liable to releasing nitrates into rivers if the ground is left fallow.  A good green cover or cover crop is the best way to trap nitrates in the field so that it can be available to the farmer for later use. 

The full webinar can be found on the Teagasc Crops YouTube channel.

For more episodes and information from the Tillage Edge podcast go to: www.teagasc.ie/the-tillage-edge-podcast

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