Examine your varieties closely
Siobhán Walsh
Knowing what your varieties’ strengths and weaknesses are is essential to be able to manage your crop correctly throughout the season.
Beyond N, P and K: balancing the living army in our soils
Balancing soil chemistry is vital for optimising the use of inputs, but there’s also a growing awareness of the importance of nurturing the living component of our soils, writes Emma Hart.
10 April 2024 News
Farming sidelined in Leaving Cert 'climate' course
There is no direct reference to tillage or livestock farming in the 35-page document which sets out the specifications for the proposed subject.
Pesticides are more than just the main ingredient
Dr Edward Straw of Trinity College writes about how the active ingredient is a small part of a pesticide. Co-formulants which help the product to work are a large part of the ingredients.
10 April 2024 Crop protection
Finding the chink in the armour of fungicide resistance – it’s a numbers game
Steven Kildea of Teagasc explains that with almost 10 trillion septoria spores in 1ha of wheat it’s no wonder fungicide resistance builds up.
10 April 2024 Crop protection
Tirlán launches scheme for River Slaney
The country's largest co-op will work to improve the environmental footprint of farming along the River Slaney catchment.
Hundreds of sprayers grant aided under TAMS with some due a test
A large number of trailed and mounted sprayers were grant aided under TAMS II from the Department of Agriculture. Many of these sprayers are now due a test.
9 April 2024 News
EPA announces €14.5m funding opportunity for research projects
Last year's funding call saw 33 research initiatives receive supports in excess of €14m.
What fertiliser can you apply?
The National Fertiliser Database means there is no room for error on your fertiliser applications, writes Siobhán Walsh.
3 April 2024 Crops
Options for silage fertiliser in a wet spring
Frequent rain and saturated ground means silage fertiliser will be applied later than normal on many farms. Kieran Mailey outlines some options for getting nitrogen on silage ground.
Social sustainability in south Galway
'When you add it all up, this family farm enterprise offers way more of a "social dividend" than we usually give such enterprises credit for,' writes Brendan Dunford.
3 April 2024 Footprint Farmers
You must rotate crops under CAP
Farmers should remember that while crop diversification requirements do not apply for 2024, crop rotation requirements do.
31 March 2024 News