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Teagasc Tillage Crops Forum 2014

This year’s Teagasc Crops Forum will take place in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare on Thursday, 11 September at 2pm. The forum will focus on the technical challenges facing tillage farmers in the coming year. After a good harvest and growing season in 2013/14, grain price has dropped by over €30 per tonne, or by over 15% in the past nine months, largely due to a big global harvest. John Bergin from R&H Hall will give an insight into what to expect over the coming six to nine months with an eye to the medium term prospects for grain price.

Josephine Brennan from the Cereal Testing Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will give an update on the latest recommended cereal varieties for the autumn and give her assessment of current varieties.

The new Greening regulations and crop diversification rules brings crop rotation into focus. Dermot Forristal, Teagasc crops researcher, Oak Park will report on the on-going research work in Teagasc and talk about results from the long term rotation trial. John Pettit, Teagasc, will give an adviser’s view of constructing a rotation on a farm in Co. Wexford, including the practical and financial implications of rotational changes.

Forum participants will get the most up to date information on Single Payment Scheme entitlements and Greening from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine officials. Growers will hear how the value of their entitlements may change and how crop diversification and Ecological Focus Areas (EFA) will affect their cropping programme for 2015. These topics will then be open to all via a panel discussion with participants from the industry.

For further information contact; Michael Hennessy, Teagasc Oak Park, at 087 4158385 or Tim O Donovan, Teagasc Kildalton at 087 9182484.