Online map to assess land
A new online mapping system has been developed which will allow farmers to assess their land's suitability for different bioenergy crops.
Farmers can check their farm's suitability for bioenergy crops simply by clicking on the map or entering their townland on the system. The mapping system shows where existing crops of willow, miscanthus, forestry and other mainstream agricultural crops such as grass and cereals are located, as well as where the soil types are suitable for those crops.
Other essential information for bioenergy crops, such as the distance from main roads, is also available.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) map puts Ireland well ahead of other European countries in terms of the quality of information available, delegates at the Irbea conference were told on Thursday.
The SEAI map is available at maps.seai.ie/bioenergy/.