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Crops and Cultivation Open Day in Oak Park in June

A crops and cultivation open day will be held at Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow on Wednesday, 28th June from 11am until 5pm. All tillage farmers and those involved in the sector are welcome to attend.

On the day Teagasc researchers and tillage specialists and advisors will display the latest research findings for a wide range of tillage crops including; winter and spring barley, oats and beans, and winter wheat and oilseed rape.

Head of the Crops Research in Teagasc, Dr John Spink said; ”The full range of agronomic practices will be on display including; crop nutrition, cultivations and soil management, crop protection and integrated pest management (IPM) of disease, insects and grass weeds. This open day will be an ideal opportunity for growers to get the latest information on crop agronomy, while staying informed of the latest machinery developments for establishing crops successfully.”

The work being conducted by the Virtual Irish Centre for Crop Improvement (VICCI), which is funded by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and consists of a consortium of Teagasc, UCD, NUIG, NUIM and TCD, will also be on display. The centre is identifying sources of characteristics of varieties that will be of particular value to Irish tillage farmers such as septoria resistance, more efficient use of nutrients and waterlogging resistance.

The cultivation demonstration is being organised in association with the Irish Farmers Journal. Different crop establishment methods will be highlighted and the different types of machinery available will be demonstrated live on the day. Machinery suppliers will exhibit relevant machinery. The open day is free to attend.