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National Tillage Conference

Event Time 09.30
Venue Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny

Event overview

Theme “Coping with, and managing risk on tillage farms”

The morning session will focus on managing volatility and focusing on how farmers can diversify into alternative markets. Speakers will address how to manage volatile grain prices, look at premium markets and a farmers perspective to managing volatility on his farm.

The afternoon session will focus on technical challenges on farm. Research updates on disease control and resistance along with a flavour of current ongoing research in Oak Park.

Registration: On the day from 9:30

Conference fee: €55 (€35 for Teagasc clients)  

Lunch: €15, payable by cash, cheque or credit/debit card


09.30 - Registration/Tea/Coffee

10:30 - Conference Opening - Frank O' Mara, Director of Research, Teagasc

Session 1: Chaired by John Spink

10:45 - Prospects for grain prices and managing volatility – Andy Doyle, IFJ

11:05 – Grain use in the UK for brewing and distilling – Sarah Clarke, ADAS

11:50 - OSR and bean premium markets? – Dermot Forristal, Teagasc

12:10 – Spreading the risk on my farm - David Walsh-Kemmis, Laois farmer

12:30 – The maize guide and inter-farm trading – Kevin Cunningham, DLF and chair of the industry maize group

12:45 - Panel discussion

13:00 - Lunch

Session 2: Chair Paddy Browne

14:30 - Resistance update wheat and barley – Steven Kildea

14:50 - Barley disease control, timings and rates – Liz Glynn

15:10 – The value of variety choice in cereals – Joseph Lynch

15:30 - Research Update, 5 minute presentations

  • Grass weed resistance - Ronan Byrne 
  • Aphid monitoring and resistance – Louise McNamara
  • OSR row spacing and seed rate – Roisin Byrne
  • Understanding resistance to Septoria – Ger Hehir
  • Genome editing – what is it? – Ewen Mullins
  • Factors influencing eyespot – Henry Creissen

16.00 - Close of Conference

Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director TBC

16.15 - Tea/Coffee

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