Teagasc researchers, tillage specialists and advisers will present the latest research findings for a broad range of tillage crops at the upcoming Crops and Cultivation Open Day.

Tillage crops covered include winter and spring barley, beans, oilseed rape and winter wheat.

Speaking about the open day, the Head of the Teagasc Crop Research Department, Dr. John Spink, said the full range of agronomic practices will be on display.

Topics to be covered:
  • Crop nutrition;
  • Cultivation and soil management;
  • Crop protection;
  • Integrated pest management (IPM) of disease, insects and grass weeds.

The 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.

Projects undertaken by the Virtual Irish Centre for Crop Improvement (VICCI), which is funded by the Department of Agriculture – and is a joint venture of Teagasc, UCD, TCD, NUIM and NUIG – will be exhibited on the day.

The centre is identifying sources of characteristics from varieties that will be of “vital importance” to Irish tillage farmers – such as more efficient use of nutrients, septoria resistance and water-logging resistance.

The VICCI aims to address four challenges that have been identified in Ireland’s main tillage crops, namely:

  • Nutrient use efficiency;
  • Abiotic stress tolerance (breeding crops that are tolerant to cold and flooding);
  • Disease resistance;
  • Irish adaptation (breeding crops that are adapted to Ireland, and can address specific needs of Irish agriculture).

Various crop establishment methods will be shown and the different types of machinery available will be demonstrated ‘live’. Machinery suppliers will also have relevant machinery on display on the day.

When and where

Teagasc will host the Crops and Cultivation Open Day at Oak Park, Co. Carlow on Wednesday, June 28.

The open day, which is free to attend, will run from 11am until 5pm. Teagasc has said that all tillage farmers and others involved in the sector are welcome to attend.