Update from Don Somers’ farm in Wexford
The poor spring weather was a key topic on the latest Tillage Edge podcast, when Michael Hennessy chatted to both Don Somers, a farmer from Wexford, who is also participating in the Signpost Programme, and John Mahon, his Tillage Signpost Advisor.
Don said he was forced to make major changes to his cropping plans this spring. Although these changes could affect the rotation on the farm over the next few years, Don is already planning on replacement crops to minimise disruption.
John Mahon, who is Don’s Tillage Signpost Advisor, said that even though Don had reduced his bean area, resulting in increased chemical nitrogen purchases, he has mitigated this by being able to reduce the overall nitrogen input to his oilseed rape crops.
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