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2012 Teagasc National Tillage Conference

Meeting future demand is the theme of the upcoming Teagasc National Tillage Conference which this year takes place in The Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny on Wednesday, 25 January. Against a background of volatile prices, but increasing long-term food demand, Teagasc has put together an impressive line-up of speakers. Papers will focus on European and Irish challenges for the tillage sector and on technical crop production issues.

Professor Ian Crute, Chief Scientist from the UK Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board will focus on the need for European research to deliver for future food demand, following a period where many national research funders focussed on non-production issues. Leading Irish tillage journalist Andy Doyle will give his perspective on prospects and critical issues for Irish tillage farmers given our scale of production and challenging crop yield trends.

John Spink, Head of Crop Science at Teagasc will show how the high yields of 2011 were achieved and how this knowledge of crop development may be used to our advantage in future.

Tillage specialist Michael Hennessy and Dublin farmer Ollie Whyte will present the share farming model as a viable alternative to other methods of achieving scale in tillage crop production.

Following a year of variable disease pressure, an update on cereal disease sensitivity and the performance of the new fungicides will be the focus of the paper presented by Teagasc researcher Steven Kildea.

The ever challenging topic of nitrogen use in spring barley and its impact on yield and quality will be dealt with by Richie Hackett who has recently commenced a research programme in this area.

The topic of fertilizer spreading and specifically that of even spreading with increasing tramline widths will be dealt with by crops and mechanisation researcher, Dermot Forristal.

The conference commences at 9.30am on Wednesday, 25 January. Note the change of venue to the Lyrath conference centre, Kilkenny for 2012.