A major tillage event will take place in Kildalton tomorrow (Thursday) from 11am which will focus on a new piece of legislation that will affect every tillage farmer in Ireland (the Sustainable Use Directive or SUD), CAP changes, new technologies and trials on varieties, fertiliser and fungicide.

According to Teagasc’s Tim O’Donovan every farmer needs to make themselves aware of the new directive. Every farmer who uses agri-chemicals is required to register with the Department of Agriculture and needs to know what the SUD entails. Farmers will have the opportunity to register with the Department on the day. (Growers will need a PPSN number, email address and type of previous pesticide training completed).”

O’Donovan also noted that CAP reform and the ‘Greening issues’ associated with it will also be discussed on the day and Department officials will be in attendance. The event will also include demonstrations on the day designed to help you spray more effectively and efficiently and will include the following topics:

  • How to prepare your sprayer for the new sprayer test
  • ‘Greening issues’ as part of the new CAP reform
  • Efficient use of nozzles
  • Tips and tricks from previous ‘Sprayer Operator of the Year’ competition winners
  • Winter wheat and spring barley disease control
  • Wheat, barley and oat varieties- Department of Agriculture trials
  • Fertiliser management in cereals
  • Oilseed rape cultivation demonstrations
  • Bean disease control
  • Energy crop supply chains for the heat market