Richard Halleron

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Richard Halleron is an agricultural chemist by background. He is a past chairman of the Northern Ireland Institute of Agricultural Science and has also served as Chairman of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists in Northern Ireland.

What will be the impact of collapsing dairy markets?
What will be the impact of collapsing dairy markets?

The Dairy Council for Northern Ireland has highlighted the impact that collapsing dairy markets could have on farmgate milk prices...

Spring beans aids in reducing nitrogen requirement
Spring beans aids in reducing nitrogen requirement

Teagasc has confirmed that growing spring beans offers the opportunity to reduce the total nitrogen (N) requirement on tillage farms....

Wheat disease control options for the upcoming season
Wheat disease control options for the upcoming season

Septoria continues to be the most damaging disease of winter wheat crops in Ireland, according to Teagasc’s Dr. Steven Kildea...

Research: Potatoes receive a key boost in terms of health
Research: Potatoes receive a key boost in terms of health

Potatoes have received a key boost in a health context on the back of a major research project recently completed...

CAN vs. protected urea – a tillage perspective
CAN vs. protected urea – a tillage perspective

According to Teagasc, there is increasing interest among tillage farmers in switching from calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN) to protected urea...

Tillage Conference: Teagasc unveils ‘crops’ booklet
Tillage Conference: Teagasc unveils ‘crops’ booklet

Growers could face an estimated “22-25% increase in fertiliser costs”, according to Teagasc tillage specialists. Ciaran Collins and Shay Phelan,...

Tillage Conference: Teagasc to trial BYDV prediction model
Tillage Conference: Teagasc to trial BYDV prediction model

Teagasc will trial a new Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) prediction model over a three year period it has confirmed...

Soil nutrients and plant availability
Soil nutrients and plant availability

Teagasc research scientist Dr. Karen Daly has confirmed that soil nutrients can be found in different forms – some are...

Tillage: Spring beans on the up in 2023
Tillage: Spring beans on the up in 2023

Teagasc is projecting an increase in the area of spring beans grown in Ireland this year. This will be driven...

Soil testing – getting back to basics
Soil testing – getting back to basics

Accurately identifying the key parameters within soils, through soil testing, is crucially important for farmers and growers. It is an...

Tillage: Soil quality – what is its function?
Tillage: Soil quality – what is its function?

Soil quality and type can vary widely within a single farm In Ireland. And, no doubt, the same principle holds...

Clubroot threat to expansion of oilseed rape acreage
Clubroot threat to expansion of oilseed rape acreage

Teagasc has confirmed that the growing threat of clubroot could hamper the further expansion of Ireland’s oilseed rape (OSR) acreage....

Looking to the past to develop new oat varieties
Looking to the past to develop new oat varieties

Teagasc plant breeders are currently assessing the genotype of heritage oat varieties that were grown in Ireland many years ago....

Tillage: Finish off spraying programmes started before Christmas
Tillage: Finish off spraying programmes started before Christmas

The current spell of dry weather will provide tillage farmers with an opportunity to complete spraying programmes that were started...

Opinion: Cereal growers count the cost of autumn’s heavy rains
Opinion: Cereal growers count the cost of autumn’s heavy rains

It’s now obvious that last autumn’s heavy rains have dealt a hammer blow to many Irish cereal growers, who planted...

Growers should walk all winter crops ASAP – Teagasc
Growers should walk all winter crops ASAP – Teagasc

Growers should “walk all winter crops” as soon possible, Teagasc tillage specialist Shay Phelan has warned. Phelan expects that growers...

Demand for oat-based products is growing – Teagasc
Demand for oat-based products is growing – Teagasc

Demand for oat-based food products continues to grow, around the world latest research figures suggest. According to Dr. Ewen Mullins,...

How to maximise the potential of spring-sown winter wheat
How to maximise the potential of spring-sown winter wheat

Teagasc has provided an update on how growers can best maximise the potential of spring-sown winter wheat. Last November’s 2022...