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Soil Fertility Conference

Event Time 9:15
Venue Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny
Optimising soil and fertiliser management for Sustainable Grassland Production


9:15: Coffee on arrival

10:00: Opening & Welcome
John Spink, Teagasc

Session I. Soil Fertility Research
Chair: John Spink, Head of CELUP, Teagasc

10:10: Response to potassium and implications for grass silage production
Mark Plunkett, Teagasc, Johnstown Castle

10:35: Spring Nutrient Advice for Grassland Farms
David Wall, Teagasc, Johnstown Castle

11:00: Phosphorus Management & Soil Fertility Trends in Agricultural Catchments
Noeleen MacDonald, Teagasc, Johnstown Castle

Session II. Soil Fertility Research into Practice
Chair: John Carroll, Glanbia, Kilkenny

11:30: Managing grass-clover swards in an intensive grass based system
Mike Egan, Teagasc Moorepark Research Centre

11:55: Increasing the efficiency of soil nutrient management in Northern Ireland
Susanne Higgins, AFBI Research Centre

12:30: Lunch                                                                                                                                    

Session III. Soil Fertility Advice
Chair: Aidan Brennan, IFJ

13:30: Manure and its Management
Patrick Forrestal, Teagasc, Johnstown Castle

14:00: Long term fertiliser use trends in Ireland and implications for sustainability
Cathal Buckley, Teagasc

14:30: Getting the most out of your stored slurry
Ian Kavangh, Teagasc, Johnstown Castle

15:00: NMP-Online delivering the fertility message from Laboratory to the Field/Farmer
Christy Watson, Teagasc, Naas, Co. Kildare

15:25: Putting Fertiliser Advice into Practice
Mark Heffernan, Grass 10 Grassland Farmer of the year 2017

15:45: Conference Close
Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc