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Tillage Newsletter - August 2022

Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Tillage team in the August newsletter. It includes: Winter oilseed rape; Post-harvest stubble management; Catch crops; Planning for Harvest 2023; Health & Safety - Take care with machinery; and more.

View it here: Tillage Newsletter - August 2022 (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Winter oilseed rape
    The area of winter oilseed rape increased significantly by 44% in 2022. Many growers are now seeing the benefits of including it in the farm crop rotation, as it is an ideal break from cereal rotations and is a good entry for first wheats.
  • Post-harvest stubble management
    The new Nitrates Directive rules on stubble cultivations are now in place and all growers need to be aware of the requirements. Failure to adhere to the rules may lead to financial penalties on your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).
  • Catch crops
    One of the key factors in growing good catch crops is early drilling, as August-planted crops always perform better than September crops. Target fields that were cleared early (e.g., winter barley) and get crops established. Be aware that crops like mustard will grow quite quickly and become stemmy, so leave these until later in the month.
  • Planning for Harvest 2023
    As harvest 2022 winds up, growers should turn their attention to the crops for 2023, as the new CAP reforms will be in place next year and this will have an impact on tillage farms. 
  • Health & Safety - Take care with machinery
    August is harvest month with a lot of machinery movement on farms and on public roads, including trailers, balers and silage gear. Machinery movement brings danger, particularly to bystanders including children and older farmers.