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Tillage Newsletter - December 2020

Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Crop management; Yearly review; Nutrient management planning; Teagasc The Tillage Edge Podcast & Grass weed survey.

View the December Tillage Newsletter here (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Crop management
    While many farmers have their crops drilled and established in relatively good conditions this year, there are quite a number of crops that still have received no insecticide or herbicide at this stage.
  • Yearly review
    While 2020 is a year that most people will want to forget as quickly as possible for a variety of reasons, it is still important that farmers take time to reflect and review farm performance over the year. 
  • Nutrient management planning
    As a requirement to comply with nitrates regulations, all farmers must have completed fertiliser records on farm and while these don’t have to be completed until March 2021, now is the ideal time to get the job done while the season is still fresh in the memory.
  • Teagasc Tillage Podcast
    The Tillage Edge podcast has proved to be popular among tillage farmers this year, with all the latest news and relevant advice being discussed.
  • Grass weed survey
    As December is a good time for completing bookwork, remember the Teagasc Enable Conservation Tillage (ECT) project is still carrying out the online survey to get farmer insight on grass weed resistance management strategies.
  • Health & Safety - Prevent fire deaths in the home
    Deaths due to fire are a source of tragedy in farmhouses. An Irish Health Research Board (HRB) study has shown that farmers and agricultural workers account for 20% of fire deaths nationally.