The Wexford farmer embracing the sustainability challenge
John Crowley, a tillage farmer in Wexford, has been working closely with Teagasc to improve his profitability in the past few years as part of the Teagasc/Boortmalt Joint Programme, and he joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast.
John is also interested in reducing his GHG emission on the farm in areas such as cover crops and straw incorporation, as well as hedgerow/forestry management and is looking forward to measuring these changes as part of the Teagasc Signpost Programme.
Eoin Lyons, his joint programme advisor, has been working with John to improve yield and the quantities of malting barley delivered in spec to Boortmalt.
John and Eoin have been targeting seedbed consolidation to improve plant establishment. Various trials have shown getting this correct has resulted in an increase of 50 plants per metre squared. This adds to the yield and ultimately profitability of the system.
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