Storm chaos: ‘We haven’t been notified yet that the tent no longer exists’

Storm Ali caused serious destruction to some exhibitors’ stands at the site of the National Ploughing Championships yesterday (Wednesday, September 19). One such exhibitor, John Frisby of CTS Security, detailed just how much destruction the storm caused his company’s display and stand yesterday – something he has yet to receive formal notification from the National […]

Bayer sets wheels in motion to appeal $289 million glyphosate verdict

Bayer – the new owner of Monsanto and the glyphosate weedkiller – asked a California judge to throw out a $289 million jury verdict awarded to a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weedkillers gave him cancer, news agency Reuters reports. Filling motions in San Francisco’s Superior Court of California, the company said that the jury’s […]

Storm devastation in maize: ‘It’s like a tornado hit’

Storm Ali hit maize growers hard in the north-east of the country yesterday (Wednesday, September 19), with up to 100% of fields lodged. The stormy weather conditions battered maize fields in the counties of Meath, Louth and Dublin, according to one farmer who spoke to AgriLand about the grim situation. The farmer said that – […]

Rain warning issued for 7 counties

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow rainfall warning for seven counties in the south and east of the country. Issued last night (Wednesday, September 19) at 11:00pm, the warning will be valid for 12 hours from 9:00am this morning until 9:00pm tonight. The rainfall warning has been announced for the counties of: Carlow; Kilkenny; […]

Results from day 1 of the ‘Ploughing’

Day one of the ‘Ploughing’ saw the All-Ireland champions from 11 classes crowned. The under-28 category was one of the the most anticipated classes on the day and it didn’t disappoint. A winner couldn’t be decided in the under-28 reversible class. Eric Wickham and Stephen Whelan were tied in first place. In the under-28 two-furrow […]

‘Fodder subsidy required to bring feed down from north-west’

Farmers have been urged to undertake an evaluation of what forage is currently available on-farm to examine the extent of the fodder deficit. This push came from Pat McCormack, president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA), who spoke to AgriLand on day one of this year’s National Ploughing Championships. “Certainly across the south-east, north Cork […]

7 Credit Unions to offer new farm loans in the midlands

Seven Credit Unions in the midlands have recently come together to offer a new farm-lending product called ‘Cultivate’. The Cultivate brand was originally launched by four Credit Unions in Co. Galway following a pilot initiative. The offering was then undertaken by Credit Unions in Co. Clare, Co. Limerick and in north Cork. The Cultivate farm […]

Video: Exhibitors react to on-site destruction at the ‘Ploughing’

Exhibitors have been counting the cost today (Wednesday, September 19) as several returned to the National Ploughing Championships site, following Storm Ali, to find severe damage on some stands. Some of these exhibitors shared their reactions to Storm Ali, the National Ploughing Association (NPA) and what turned out to be a disappointing and expensive day, […]

‘Ploughing 2018’: The crane is back; the forager’s going up again…

We reported earlier how one of the most eye-catching machinery exhibits at this year’s National Ploughing Championships (close to Tullamore, Co. Offaly) was impacted by Storm Ali. Well-known (Dublin-based) farm machinery distributor Farmhand had caught show-goers’ imaginations with its daring display, whereby an imposing self-propelled forage harvester and a self-propelled sprayer were hoisted up onto […]

No immediate plans to issue further weather warnings – Met Eireann

There are no immediate plans to issue further weather warnings, a spokesperson for Met Eireann has confirmed to AgriLand. The Irish meteorological office issued a Status Orange weather warning for wind for 17 counties across the northern, western and midlands regions yesterday evening (Tuesday, September 18). The wind warning was originally in place for counties Mayo, […]

The ‘Ploughing’ will resume tomorrow – and extend into Friday

Day three of the National Ploughing Championships will “definitely go ahead”, the National Ploughing Association (NPA) has confirmed. Business will resume “as usual” following on from today’s cancellation (due to adverse weather conditions), as Storm Ali struck the country with force. This will see exhibitors and crowds attempt to recoup footfall lost due to today’s […]