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Crops & Spreaders Open Day

Event Time 11am to 6pm
Venue Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow

Crops & Spreaders Open Day 2019

Welcome to the 2019 Teagasc Crops Open day, which will provide an excellent opportunity for you to witness first-hand demonstrations from our applied and strategic research programme across the Oak Park campus.

Each year Teagasc staff assess over 10,000 research plots at Oak Park and other locations throughout the country. From these plots we gather essential data on issues such as chemical efficacy, the potential of pre-commercial varieties against diseases, optimum nutrient management and crop stewardship as well as the importance of biodiversity and IPM strategies. Through the Crops Open day you will have the opportunity to engage with the staff who complete this work and discuss the present and future challenges to your business.

More videos on the event itself can be found by clicking here

In addition, with our partner the Farmers Journal this year’s Open day has a primary focus on the importance of accurate fertiliser spreading to support sustainable productivity, with live spreader demonstrations through the day.

Our priority for the Open day is to maximise engagement and research demonstration with attendees. Twenty-four stands will be on display, addressing subjects such as:

  • Maximising grain numbers in oats
  • Impact of loss of CTL in wheat
  • Workshop on weed research
  • Nutrient management in Barley
  • Ramularia control options for winter barley
  • Alternatives to CTL in malting barley
  • Fungicide sensitivity in septoria
  • Mildew resistance in oats
  • Malting barley programme
  • Alternative crops and minor crops
  • IPM in arable crops
  • Break Crops - Beans
  • Break Crops - Oilseed rape
  • GHG emissions and sustainability
  • Optimum fertiliser application
  • Importance of biodiversity

DAFM recommended cereal varieties will be available for viewing, plus a separate Innovation Hub will provide updates on the role genetics, genomics and nano-science is playing in tackling the many challenges the tillage sector faces. Our environment colleagues will present on the role organic manures can play in crop nutrition in addition to the importance of mitigating GHG emissions. While there will also be a separate stand to gather your feedback in support of Crops2030, a stakeholder led initiative focussed on the development of a strategic roadmap for the tillage sector out to 2030.

It is important to acknowledge that our programme would not be possible without the support of the industry as a whole in addition to the external funding we receive through DAFM, SFI and European H2020 competitive funding initiatives.

Articles from the Teagasc Crops Team in the Irish Farmers Journal Crops & Spreaders Supplement can be found here

I hope you can make it to Oak Park on Wednesday, June 26th and over the day (11am – 6pm) capitalise on the opportunity to collate science-led information in support of your business/interests. 

Dr. Ewen Mullins
Head of Crop Research Department
Teagasc, Oak Park

DAFM KT Approved Tillage Event