Autumn Organic Webinars: The role of multi species swards
The Teagasc Organic Specialists are hosting a series of Autumn organic webinars covering various technical aspects of organic farming. The first of these webinars takes place on Wednesday 22nd September at 7.30pm, focusing on the role of multi species swards on Irish organic farms. Register here
'Developing Rural Ireland' - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services - Official Launch
Developing Rural Ireland is a history of the Irish agricultural advisory services. The book written by Dr. Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh documents the important role of the advisory services in rural Ireland from the early 1900s to the current day. Watch the official launch of the book here
Can we grow strawberries all year long? At least 40 hectares of heated glass in the Netherlands are now using LED lights to grow strawberries all year long. Dutch consumers are now able to buy strawberries for the lucrative Christmas market. Soft Fruit Specialist Eamonn Kehoe has more information
Today's Farm - September/October 2021
The September/October edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on Teagasc Moorepark research. It also has articles on autumn weed control in cereals; succession planning; finishing cattle earlier; Connemara/ Mayo Blackface sheep; and more.
Developing Rural Ireland - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services
A new book that documents the history of the Irish agricultural advisory services and its role in developing rural Ireland, was launched at a virtual event at Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, yesterday, Wednesday 1 September.
Sustainable Tomato Production
David Currid, owner of Grantstown Nurseries is interviewed by Teagasc's Head of the Horticulture Development Department (HDD), Dermot Callaghan. David gives some interesting insights into how he produces a crop sustainably without compromising on the quality of his product.
Teagasc Improve Aphid Monitoring Infrastructure
In July 2021 Teagasc completed the construction of a 12.2m high insect suction tower at Ashtown Research Centre in Dublin. The tower will help to build understanding of aphid and insect ecology in Ireland. Researchers Michael Gaffney, Ashtown & Louise McNamara, Oak Park are involved in this research
Going for gold
As Irish eyes turned to Tokyo for the Olympics this summer, Pat Fitzgerald director of Fitzgerald Nurseries and Beotanics discusses his winning mix in Japan with Dónall Flanagan nursery stock/ornamentals Specialised Advisor, Teagasc
Outdoor Cut Foliage
The European flower industry is worth €2.5bn, with foliage estimated at 10% of this, or €250m. The south of Ireland has long been recognised as an ideal location for the production of foliage because of its mild moist climate. Andy Whelton, Vegetable and Cut Foliage Specialist Advisor tells us more
Harvest Update from Around the Country
Broken weather over the last few weeks has slowed down the progress of the harvest. On this week’s Tillage Edge Podcast Shay Phelan talks to three advisors; Conor Kavanagh in Tipperary, Ciaran Hickey in Enniscorthy and John Brophy in Louth, to get a view from their areas.
Are you a successful new entrant to farming or have you diversified your farm business?
The Teagasc, NEWBIE new entrant competition for 2021 is now open for entries. The competition is open to newcomers to farming, successors and farmers who have diversified their enterprise. Find out how to enter here
Weekend potato blight warning
Potato crops can be attacked by a number of pests and diseases but by far the most common is potato blight. Met Éireann has issued a Blight warning for 14 counties for this weekend with some opportunities for spraying this evening. Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor, Tralee has guidance here
Why farm soils cause greenhouse gas emissions - and how to fix it
Hands up who is interested in soil? Anyone? Anyone at all? Tumbleweeds might roll past unless you are addressing a room full of avid gardeners and land managers. This article by Rosie O'Neill, Teagasc Walsh Scholar first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm.
Child Safety on Farms
With the on-going easing of restrictions, children may be attending summer camps & meeting friends. However, children will still be spending more time on farms during their holiday time and Jacinta O' Neill, Teagasc Advisor Westport, reminds us that the farmyard is not a playground here
Soil health physical examination
TEAGASC researchers at Johnstown Castle and Oak Park, along with collaborators from UCD, have developed soil physical health tools to use at field or national monitoring network scales. Research Officers Owen Fenton, Dermot Forristal & Giulia Bondi bring us fascinating insight into Soil Health here
Winner of the Teagasc / FBD Student of the Year Award Announced
The 2020 national winner of the Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year award is Deirdre McMahon, Leagh North, Kinvara, County Galway. Deirdre was also the dairy category winner. Congratulations Deirdre! Find out about all the winners and finalists here and watch back on the Awards ceremony
Male Farmer Diets associated with Poor Health
Being overweight/obese is an increasing public health issue in Ireland and internationally. An Irish study of male farmers’ diets and weight management showed that 62% of farmers were overweight/obese. The study revealed a number of other concerns regarding the poor health of male farmers.
TResearch Summer 2021
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Summer Edition of TResearch has a special feature on the living soil; Invisible lines; Circular protein; and Competitive without quotas.
Farmers Have Hearts - Your Cardiovascular Health
The theme of the final day of Farm Safety Week is Your Health. So it is timely today to look at the Farmers Have Hearts Cardiovascular Health Programme. Dr. Noel Richardson (IT Carlow) offers some good advice on diet and food nutrition to improve the health of farmers in a must-watch video here
Farmer Health and Wellbeing
John McNamara, Teagasc Farm Safety Specialist looks at stress and Well-being in this video, along with Carlow IT Staff. Springtime can be a particularly stressful time of year. It's important to manage stress. So now this summer take the opportunity to rest, recover and make some time for relaxation
The Importance of a Tidy Farmyard
Having a well kept farmyard is beneficial to both work efficiency and safety. Over the past 10 years the HSA reported 29 farm deaths due to collapses and falls. The major areas associated were slips & trips, bales falling and falling from a height. Penny Gavin Teagasc Walsh Scholar has tidy tips
Farm Safety may not cost the earth but not doing it may cost your life
When we think of the wide range of tasks a farmer does each day it's easy to see that managing a farm and doing it safely is a challenge. Farmers must develop many skills to carry out these jobs competently. John McNamara & Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists have low cost suggestions
Farmers are constantly surrounded by livestock and machinery and the hazards they pose. Additionally, many other hazards occur on farms such as working at heights or emptying slurry tanks. Penny Gavin, Teagasc / H.S.A./ UCD Walsh Scholar on Farm Safety advises on staying alert by avoiding tiredness
9th Farm Safety Week Encourages Farm Families to Rethink Safety
Today (Mon) marks the ninth annual Farm Safety Week in Ireland and the UK, an initiative led by the Irish Farmers Association here and by Yellow Wellies UK. The message for this year is: Rethink Safety, which aims to encourage a deeper awareness of everyday risks on farms
Improving Aphid control through enhanced monitoring and diagnostics
Control of cereal aphids and BYDV virus is more challenging in recent years due to insecticide resistance and the recent loss of neonicotinoid seed treatments.The newly constructed Teagasc suction tower network improves farmer data and decision-making as Louise McNamara Crops Researcher outlines
Wood fibre and growing media, its production and impacts on plant performance
On a recent webinar which took place on Thursday, 17th June 2021, Dónall Flanagan, Teagasc Nursery Stock Advisor was joined by Dr Brian Jackson, North Carolina State University to discuss the different sources of wood fibre and impacts on growth of bedding, perennials and woody plants.
Blight control in potatoes
Factors such the loss of key fungicides and new emerging blight variants are all challenging established blight control practices and on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Michael Hennessy was joined by Shay Phelan, a potato Specialist in Oak Park, to discuss blight control in potatoes.
Fight against Blight
Growing potatoes commercially is not for the faint hearted, they are a high input crop to grow with costs in many cases over €2,500 per acre. One of the biggest costs in the crop is disease control, particularly potato blight.Crops specialist Shay Phelan has some advice
Lavender Flower and Oil Production
Lavender farming is associated with Mediterranean climates. It is an evocative plant with immense popularity used in a wide range of cosmetics, as dried flowers or as pure oil. Lavender is an evergreen perennial. Dónall Flanagan has more information.
Winners of the 2021 Agriculture and Horticulture Colleges Challenges Event
The National College of Amenity Horticulture are the winners of the Agricultural Colleges Challenges Event 2021. The Agricultural Colleges Challenges is a longstanding inter college, skills challenge competition, supported by Macra na Feirme, fostering keen college rivalry in it's 40 year history
Growing guides in support of International Year of Fruits and Vegetables
The United Nations General Assembly has designated 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV). To support and raise awareness of the value of fruits and vegetables, Teagasc horticulture Development Department are incorporating this theme into its 2021 programme of activities.
Sustainable Soil Health Management in Vegetable Production Webinar
The third webinar in the Teagasc Vegetable Series took place on Wednesday, 3rd March 2021. This webinar focused on the specific challenges for field vegetable production on soil health. Event hosts were Eoin Sweetman and Andy Whelton, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department
Try Horticulture - Virtual Focus on courses
The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens will hold the second of a series of virtual information events on Friday 26th February at 12:30 pm for one hour.
Teagasc Carrot Fly Webinar
A Vegetable Webinar focusing on Carrot Fly, hosted by the Teagasc Horticulture Development Department, took place on Tuesday, 26th January 2021. Webinar hosts Andy Whelton & Eoin Sweetman, were joined by Prof. Rosemary Collier of Warwick University and UK carrot and parsnip consultant Colin Noble
Hemp for a Sustainable Future – Teagasc award at BTYSTE 2021 announced
Cian Walsh, a transition year student at St. Brogan's College, Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co. Cork, is the winner of the Teagasc award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2021 (BTYSTE). Cian’s project looked at the social, economic and environmental benefits and drawbacks of growing hemp
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Horticulture
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Horticulture was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Technical performance; Research & technology transfer actions and Comment.
The soil microbiome and soil health
Soils are very important for all life on earth. Everyone understands that soils provide food, as plants and animals grow and develop from the nutrients they contain. However, there are some less obvious functions of soil and Aoife Duff Teagasc Soils Researcher details these here
Science Week - Careers in Horticulture
All the careers in Horticulture are tied together with a passion and love of working in the outdoor space with plants. For Science Week, John Mulhern, College Principal, Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, outlines the many and varied careers available in Horticulture
Nursery Stock Meeting - Autumn Plant Health Webinar
Dónall Flanagan, Nursery Stock/ Ornamentals Specialised Advisor at Teagasc Ashtown Research Centre was joined in this Nursery Stock Meeting by Glenn Kirby - Syngenta Technical Manager, who shared his experience in key areas of IPM, application, resistance, biological products and market impacts
Teagasc Horticulture College -National Botanic Gardens Virtual information event
Join the Teagasc Horticulture College team - National Botanic Gardens for a virtual information event from 4 - 5pm on Wednesday 14th October. The event will give details on the range of courses available at the college and will be in the format of a live Q & A Event
There are many edible mushroom species that can be grown commercially, but in Ireland the white button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) is almost exclusively grown. Production in Ireland is fairly steady at around 68,000 tonnes per year, 80% of which is exported to the UK.
Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture - Update
The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens and Ashtownhas commenced the September 2020 programme in a blended format. College Principal John Mulhern gives an update
Organic fruit and vegetables are the main consumer entry point for purchasing organic produce, and they continue to be the area of shortest supply in the organic sector, with most produce imported. Dan Clavin, Teagasc Farm Management and Rural Development Department provides more information.
Floristry is the creation and design of floral arrangements such as bouquets, centrepieces, corsages, wreaths and other products.The floristry industry is diverse, challenging and subject to frequent changes in fashion.Andy Whelton, Vegetable and Cut Foliage Specialist Advisor gives more information
Production of Nursery Stock and Ornamental Plants
The Irish ornamental horticulture industry is professional and modern, with high-tech growing systems producing plants of the highest quality. The market is diversified into a range of specialised sub sectors. This factsheet gives information on production of nursery and ornamental plants.
Fresh Strawberry Production
The main soft fruit crop grown in Ireland is the fresh strawberry. This is worth an estimated €47m per annum. In this factsheet, Eamonn Kehoe, Soft fruit Specialist Adviser gives advice on fresh strawberry production.
International Year of Plant Health 2020
The UN General Assembly has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health in order to raise global awareness about how protecting plant health is vital to ending hunger, protecting the environment and boosts our economies.
Paul Fitters lecturer in the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens takes us on a walk through his wildflower meadow at two different stages in May and June 2020.