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National Tillage Conference 2020

Event Time 9am
Venue Lyrath Convention Centre, Co. Kilkenny

‘Minimizing risk, promoting sustainability’

While the Tillage Sector is the lowest contributor of GHG emissions in Irish agriculture, the sector faces significant risks posed by the loss of important chemistries for pest/pathogen control and the need to further enhance sustainable practises.

In response, the 2020 Tillage Conference will provide up to date outputs from research investigating the management of fungal and viral cereal diseases plus the importance of genetics in breeding more nutrient efficient/stress resilient varieties.

The role of cover crops will be objectively discussed against the demands of future sustainability goals as will the rotational options heading into spring 2020.

Meanwhile, a specific workshop will see the launch of the next generation Teagasc Crop Report which will allow users to personalise the online platform to provide rapid access to agronomist strategies, the latest research and collated ag-chemical product information.

AGENDA  
9:00 Registration
9:45 Opening Address
 
SESSION ONE:
Managing resistance  
Chaired by: Ewen Mullins, Teagasc 
10:00 How IPM is critical for managing pyrethroid resistance in aphids
Michael Gaffney, Teagasc
10:20 Occurrence of grassweeds and their impact
Ronan Byrne, Teagasc
10:40 Managing cereal diseases with loss of CTL
Steven Kildea, Teagasc
SESSION TWO:
Environmental sustainability
Chaired by: Siobhan Walsh, AgriLand 
11:05 Environmental sustainability of the Tillage Sector - Soils, GHG, carbon
Karl Richards, Teagasc 
11:20 Oilseed rape systems: impact on crop, GHG emissions and soil biology
Dermot Forristal, Teagasc 
11:35 The story of cover crops in Denmark
Nanna Hellum Kristensen, SEGES, Denmark
12:05 Cover crops: an Irish perspective
Richie Hackett, Teagasc
12:20 Panel Discussion
12:35 Introduction to ‘Crop Report 2020 – Agronomic Strategies; tailored for your business’
Michael Hennessy, Teagasc
12:45
(1:45)
Lunch
Crop Report 2020 - demonstration workshop
SESSION THREE:
Research snapshots
2:20 Outputs from VICCI – The Virtual Irish Centre for Crop Improvement
Dan Milbourne, Teagasc
Applying novel breeding approaches to tackle cereal diseases
Adnan Riaz, Teagasc
The challenge of grass weeds: Co-developing solutions for Ireland
Vijay Bhaskar, Teagasc
SESSION FOUR:
Opportunities and challenges ahead  
Chaired by: Stephen Robb, Irish Farmers Journal 
2:55 Looking ahead, costs and returns
Shay Phelan, Teagasc
3:15 Enhancing the agronomy and management of beans
Sheila Alves, Teagasc
3:30 Panel discussion 
  Rob Coleman, Tillage Farmer - Castlemagner, Co. Cork 
Dermot Forristal, Teagasc
John Crowley, Tillage Farmer - Ferns, Co. Wexford
Michael McCarthy, Teagasc
4:00 Close of Conference

All are welcome to attend | IASIS Points Available

Admission:
Teagasc Clients: €55 (Lunch included) / €35 (Lunch not included)
Non Client: €75 (Lunch included) / €55 (Lunch not included)

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