Hear the latest research and insights in the Irish tillage sector

Join Teagasc tomorrow morning, Wednesday, February 3, at 11:30am, for the first in a two-part series of Tillage Conference interactive webinars.

Register at: www.teagasc.ie/tillagemonth and hear from researchers and PhD students who will provide insights into current research on a range of topics including the agronomy of growing oat and bean crops, developing the potential of rye as a crop in Ireland and the latest barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) diagnostics.

Part one of the Virtual Tillage Conference will also look at generating high value breeding material.

What to expect

Hear from Teagasc researchers and PhD students Sara Tudor, Richie Hackett, Sheila Alvers, Maximilian Schughart and Dan Milbourne

Oats are the third most popular cereal crop grown in the UK and in Ireland, with planted area and production gradually increasing yearly.

Due to an increase in oat processing within the milling industry to meet demand of the rise in human consumption of oat products, it is of upmost importance that in addition to yield, growers consider the quality of the grain to meet miller specifications.

Many factors contribute to the milling quality of oats including variety, environmental variations, physical and chemical composition, and quality characteristics.

Sara Tudor, a Teagasc Walsh Scholar with Teagasc and Aberystwyth University in Wales, will deliver a piece on designing management practices to enhance both yield and grain milling quality of winter and spring oats.

Field beans are well-suited to the Irish climate with a relatively high yield potential. However, despite sectoral supports in the form of a protein payment the bean area remains low.

With growing interest in growing protein crops in Ireland, Sheila Alves from the Teagasc Crops Research centre in Oak Park will discuss the agronomic practices and current issues around growing field beans in Ireland.

Rye is not currently widely grown here in Ireland but at the Virtual Tillage Conference, Richie Hackett, Teagasc, Oak Park, will look at the potential of rye in Ireland.

BYDV is a virus that can cause significant yield loss in Irish cereals.

Maximilian Schughart, a Walsh Scholar with Teagasc and University College Dublin, will report on his research work into being able to predict BYDV occurrence and the occurrence of insecticide resistant aphid populations in the future which will provide stakeholders with an accurate decision support system as part of a broader IPM strategy to mitigate the impact of BYDV.

The Virtual Irish Centre for Crop Improvement (VICCI) was a five-year Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) funded initiative, ending in 2020 with the objective to identify and develop advanced breeding material and varieties of cereals, beans and potatoes suited to Irish tillage systems. Dan Milbourne, Teagasc, Oak Park will take us through the outcomes of VICCI.

A must

Tomorrow’s Tillage Conference is a must for anyone involved in the tillage industry, so join in by registering at: www.teagasc.ie/tillagemonth and have your chance to put your questions to the panel of speakers.