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Teagasc National Tillage Crops Forum

As this years cereal harvest nears completion, the Teagasc National Tillage Crops Forum will provide an opportunity for growers to assess the physical and financial performance of their 2013 crops and begin to plan for the 2014 season. The Teagasc National Tillage Forum is taking place in Newbridge, County Kildare, on Thursday, 5th September at 2.00pm.

The forum will address two main themes of current interest: Profitable crop production and the new Sustainable Use Directive on Pesticides. Ciaran Hickey, Teagasc Tillage Crops Adviser, will show how growers can profit from crop and farm analysis. This is particularly relevant in a year when the price for grain has fallen substantially and costs have increased, leaving growers in a price cost squeeze. Ciaran Hickey points out that growers have more control over costs than grain price and so need to justify expenditure on inputs, like machinery and land, before making purchases. John Bergin of RH Hall will outline his view on the market for grain, while Josephine Brennan will give results from Department of Agriculture variety trials.

The new Sustainable Use Directive on Pesticides has implications for all involved in crop production including growers, sprayer operators, advisers and the associated trades. This legislation is now being rolled out. At the forum, Sheila Macken from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, will outline its relevance for all involved. Frank Wijnands, Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, will give outline lessons learned from what happened in Holland. Frank Wijnands will show how involving all the relevant stakeholders is essential for success. A panel consisting of Noel Delaney, IFA Grain Chairman; Scott Lovell, Dairygold; and Paddy Browne, Head of the Teagasc Crops, Environment and land use Programme, will discus relevant issues.