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Is stubble cultivation necessary on your farm this harvest?

Ted Massey, from the Nitrates Section at the Department of Agriculture, joined the Tillage Edge this week to discuss the new rules around stubble cultivation. These rules are intended to encourage plants to grow and mop up nitrogen, which could be leached to ground water.

Ted chatted through a number of important clarifications to the rules and how farmers can best follow the rules at farm level. 

Ted said “We listened to the farming community and Teagasc and as a result the clarified rules will both reduce nitrate leaching from tillage land but also leave space for nature”.  Ted mentioned that the Department of Agriculture would add more information on their website to provide more clarity to the rules. 

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