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Teagasc Crops Report Highlights Increased Cereal Area

The first Teagasc Crop Report of 2011, just published, highlights the increase in winter cereal area this year, the frost damage to winter sown oat crops and the attacks on oilseed rape crops by pigeons.

The Teagasc Crops Reports, issued every 3 weeks during the growing season, provides up-to-date disease, pest and growth status reports of crops across the country as well as recommendations for treatment.    

For the first time, this year the reports include photographs of current developments and difficulties encountered in crops, at different growth stages, making it easier for farmers and advisers to identify particular diseases and pests.

Teagasc Tillage Programme Manager, Jim O Mahony said; “The total winter cereal area has increased substantially compared to recent years with wheat area estimated at 75,000 hectares; barley at 35,000 hectares and oats at 5,000 hectares.  Wheat and barley crops have survived the cold winter well but half the winter oat area will need to be re-sown due to winter kill. Most winter oilseed rape crops have been severely grazed by pigeons.”

This year’s reports will also carry updates on the new requirements for pesticide recommendations, applications, and records to abide by cross compliance and nitrates regulations. The latest developments in the renewable energy sector will be included.

The Full Crops Reports are available to Teagasc clients free. They can be purchased by others interested by contacting leanne.tobin@teagasc.ie

201103-03 (523KB, PDF Format)