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Strip-till establishment with Michael Grace in Clane, Co. Kildare

For this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Michael Hennessy visited Michael Grace’s farm in Clane, Co. Kildare, to chat about the strip-till establishment system on the farm.

Michael Grace explains that yields are as good as any of his neighbours and he is very happy with the system. In order to use strip-till successfully, he emphasises that it is critical to have a good rotation and also to only work the soils when it is sufficiently dry enough.

Michael uses strip-till to establish all of his crops from winter wheat, winter barley, beans, oilseed rape to a range of spring crops. He says the system has worked well for early and late-sown spring barley. However, Michael did caution about the potential for grass weeds to increase rapidly.

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For more episodes and information from the Tillage Edge podcast, produced on behalf of Teagasc by LastCastMedia.com, visit the show page.