A huge interest among growers on young farmer entitlemnts under the new CAP reform was evident at Teagasc organised spring crop events.
Some 200 growers attended Teagasc’s first spring crop seminar in Silversprings Hotel Cork this week.
Those in attendance heard about the latest agronomy for spring crops, CAP Reform including: Greening, SUD and entitlement options for young farmers and new entrants.
There was a particularly a lot of interest in young farmer initiatives under CAP reform. According to Teagasc its tillage advisors are currently very busy helping clients decide on the best course of action.
Greening was also discussed on the night and it is evident that growers are becoming more familiar with the new rules.
Greening is still a hot topic concerning arable growers at present.
Teagasc stresses that all growers and advisors should familiarise themselves with greening rules and complete budgets before drilling crops this autumn.
The Single Farm Payment (SFP) payment will be replaced in Jan 2015 by be two distinct payments: the Basic Payment Scheme (approx. 70% of the total payment) and Greening (approx. 30% of the total payment). Both of these schemes are mandatory to ensure full payment.
On the night there was also interest among growers in beans. Teagasc says more and more farmers in certain areas are looking at its profitability with a new subsidy vis-à-vis comparable spring feed barley margins.
Teagasc advises all growers to attend the events which are on nationwide to get the latest information from Teagasc on spring crop agronomy, including varieties, drilling, crop nutrition, and pest management.
Times and dates for next events:
Tues 20 January Clanard Hotel, Athy, Co. Kildare | 7.30pm
Tues 20 January Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford
Thurs 22 January Kettles Hotel, Swords, Co. Dublin
Mon 26 January Teagasc, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mon 26 January Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon, Co. Cork
Tues 27 January Teagasc, Navan, Co. Meath
Tues 27 January Teagasc, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Mon 2 February Teagasc, Kilkenny
Tues 3 February Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway
Wed 4 February Teagasc, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Wed 4 February Teagasc, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Thurs 5 February Bel Air Hotel, Ashford, Wicklow
Mon 9 February Teagasc, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Wed 11 February Ballyroe Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Wed 11 February Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly