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The Tillage Edge is Teagasc's new tillage podcast, presented by Michael Hennessy.

During the Covid-19 crisis we'll be bringing you weekly episodes covering agronomy needs of crops throughout the season with input from Teagasc researchers and views from across the industry.

Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

The Tillage Edge is a co-production with LastCastMedia (https://www.LastCastMedia.com) .

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The Tillage Edge is Teagasc's new tillage podcast, presented by Michael Hennessy.

During the Covid-19 crisis we'll be bringing you weekly episodes covering agronomy needs of crops throughout the season with input from Teagasc researchers and views from across the industry.

Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

The Tillage Edge is a co-production with LastCastMedia (https://www.LastCastMedia.com) .

    Malting Barley Conference 2021 – the Q&A panel session

    Malting Barley Conference 2021 – the Q&A panel session

    Teagasc hosted a Malting barley webinar on Tuesday 23rd of February which covered many areas such as liquid nitrogen, cover crops, ramularia and the activities as part of the Teagasc Boortmalt joint programme.

    The questions and answers section was particularly interesting as there were some really interesting angles covered and its worth listening to these again on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast.

    The expert panel included Deirdre Doyle, Eoin Lyons, Stephen Kildea, Ciaran Hickey and Richie Hackett, all from Teagasc as well as Tom Bryan from Boortmalt. The questions revolved around the topics on the webinar but also included questions about malting barley contracts, components of yield in barley, general barley disease control and more.

    If you would like to see a video of the entire webinar go to the Teagasc Crops YouTube page here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6vM546rTu8

    For more episodes and information from the Tillage Edge podcast go to:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/crops/crops/the-tillage-edge-podcast/

    Plus, don’t forget to register for the next in the monthly series of Teagasc agronomy webinars taking place from 1130-1230pm next Tues 2nd March.

    You can register for the event at:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/news--events/national-events/events/wintercropagronomywebinar.php

    • 23 min
    Winter Crop agronomy – a Q&A session with Teagasc experts

    Winter Crop agronomy – a Q&A session with Teagasc experts

    Teagasc hosted a Winter Crops Agronomy update webinar on Tuesday 9th February which covered the management needs of winter barley, winter wheat and oilseed rape for the coming few weeks.

    This week’s Tillage Edge podcast features the questions and answer session from that webinar between attendees and Teagasc experts.

    The first section covered winter barley agronomy and Ciaran Collins, Tillage Specialist in Teagasc posed the questions to the panel of Shay Phelan, Michael McCarthy, Richie Hackett and Jimmy Staples with questions around management of conventional and hybrid barleys and nutrition in all crops.

    The next part moved on to how managing winter oilseed rape for the coming weeks will centre on assessing the Green Area index in crops and adjusting nitrogen rates to achieve optimum canopies at flowering.

    Finally grass weed and control of sterile brome was debated by the expert panel.

    For more episodes and information from the Tillage Edge podcast go to:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/crops/crops/the-tillage-edge-podcast/

    Plus, don’t forget to register for the next Teagasc crops webinar on malting barley which is being held on Tuesday 23rd February from 1130-1230pm.

    You can register for the event at:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/news--events/daily/crops/title-95646-en.php

    • 27 min
    The Dublin man farming 750ha in the UK

    The Dublin man farming 750ha in the UK

    Andy Mahon, from Dublin, is a farm manager on the Bromborough Estate Farm in North Bedfordshire, which is roughly halfway between London and Birmingham and firmly in the heart of arable country and he joins Michael Hennessy on this week's Tillage Edge podcast.

    Andy has worked hard on the costs of production on the farm and is the only full time employee managing close to 750 hectares of land. Andy has full-time help for about 8 months of the year and also some help with seasonal labour at drilling and harvest.

    The long term farm rainfall for the farm is around 550mm per year (Carlow is 850mm per year) and the average yields (dry) on the farm are as follows; winter wheat 9.5t/ha, spring wheat 6.5t/ha, spring beans 4-4.5 t/ha.

    In the past 8 years the Bromborough Estate transitioned from plough based establishment system to min-till, then to strip till and are now full converted to a zero or no-till establishment system.

    The switch has helped enormously in labour efficiency, however Andy said it has taken a huge amount of effort and learning to get to what he regards as a sustainable system now. The integration of cover crops, spring cropping and improved control of grass weeds have been a particular focus of the transition.

    And don’t forget to join us for Day 2 of the virtual 2021 National Conference on Feb 17th.

    Register in advance at:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/tillagemonth/

    For more episodes and information from the Tillage Edge podcast go to:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/crops/crops/the-tillage-edge-podcast/

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    • 21 min
    Brexit effects for tillage farmers

    Brexit effects for tillage farmers

    The effects of Brexit on Irish tillage farmers is the topic on this week's Tillage Edge podcast with economists, farmers and machinery suppliers all featuring from the recent Spring Tillage Webinar.

    Tillage farmers were always likely to be the least affected whether there was a Brexit agreement or not according to Fiona Thorne, an economist in Teagasc. However, areas such as goods stuck in the supply chain and registrations of plant protection products may be affected and this could become apparent in the coming months.

    Despite the difficulties with imports of seed potatoes, Charlie Doherty, a Donegal potato farmer, believes it could open a door for Irish producers to produce more seed and is an area that Ireland should exploit.

    Importing tractors will be more difficult but not impossible according to Brian Lacy from Paddy Lacy tractors in Ferns. Brain said there will be some import delays and it may add 2-4 weeks to imports however he is still waiting on some direction from Revenue to judge this properly.

    For more episodes and information from the Tillage Edge podcast go to:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/crops/crops/the-tillage-edge-podcast/

    And don’t forget to join us for Day 2 of the virtual 2021 National Conference on Feb 17th.

    Register in advance at:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/tillagemonth/

    • 20 min
    Maximising rotations – the Scottish experience

    Maximising rotations – the Scottish experience

    Scotland has a similar climate to ours and the research carried out there is more comparable to Irish farms than work from continental US or Europe and on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Dr Cathy Hawes, from the James Hutton Institute near Dundee in Scotland joins Michael Hennessy to discuss the Scottish experience of maximising rotations.

    She explains that in the region she works in, they have similar rainfall totals to Carlow but average yields of wheat and barley are a little lower than Irish yields.

    Cathy is an ecologist working on a large scale trial looking at a broad suite of system outcomes from the trial. These parameters include economic, yield mapping, crop diseases, soil quality, carbon storage, biodiversity, infield weeds, etc. Within the trial, different establishment systems, including the direct drill system, is looked at under a six year rotation (which includes potatoes).

    This long term trial has produced some interesting results already. Cathy points to the benefits of increasing soil carbon which has increased nutrient efficiency and also results in a better performing soil to suppress harmful soil pathogens.

    Cathy believes the results of the work can be very useful to farmers, especially where strategies can be combined to give benefits both economically and to the wider environment.

    For more episodes and information from the Tillage Edge podcast go to:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/crops/crops/the-tillage-edge-podcast/

    And don’t forget to join us for the virtual 2021 National Conference split over two days on Feb 3rd and Feb 17th.
    Register in advance at:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/news--events/national-events/events/2021tillageconday1.php

    • 22 min
    The benefits of organic manures for tillage farmers?

    The benefits of organic manures for tillage farmers?

    Organic manures can supply a badly needed source of carbon to tillage soils according to Mark Plunkett, a Soils and Plant Nutrition Specialist in Teagasc on the latest Tillage Edge podcast.

    Mark told Michael Hennessy that a typical dressing of 20 tonnes per hectare of farm yard manure will supply 300 kg/ha of carbon to the soil. As slurries contain more water their carbon contribution is much lower.

    Mark stressed the biological benefits of organic manures to revitalise soils by improving nutrient cycling and feeding the flora and fauna such as fungus, bacteria, nematodes and earthworms. Where all of these components are functioning correctly, crops tend to be more resilient during periods of stress (wet weather or drought) and can give higher yields.

    Organic manures can replace up to 50% of the chemical fertiliser applied to spring crops and are a direct replacement to the chemical fertiliser in most cases. Mark maintained that most slurries can be transported up to 15 kilometres but recommends discussing this with the slurry producer to source the most efficient transport type.

    For more episodes and information from the Tillage Edge podcast go to:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/crops/crops/the-tillage-edge-podcast/

    And don’t forget to join us for the virtual 2021 National Conference split over two days on Feb 3rd and Feb 17th.

    Register in advance at:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/news--events/national-events/events/2021tillageconday1.php

    • 18 min

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