Irish News

Thursday 31 July 2014

NASA to help prevent new fodder crisis

Aideen Sheehan

Published 27/01/2014|02:30

  • Share

NASA satellites are being used to monitor Irish grass to help farmers plan better for shortages – and prevent a recurrence of last year's fodder crisis for farmers.

  • Share
  • Go To

The satellites use infrared light to detect the precise amount of vegetable matter in plants – meaning scientists can work out if their growth is ahead of or behind the seasonal norm.

Researchers from UCC and Teagasc are developing new tools to give farmers predictions for growth and warnings about possible shortages.

This would allow them to buy in more feed in advance, preventing a last-minute scramble for feed from abroad as seen last year.

NASA satellites pass over Ireland every day.

Images taken during the height of the fodder crisis last spring showed starkly how far behind grass growth had been lagging in most of the country at that time – requiring an emergency response by the farming community and Government to source feed for animals.

Irish Independent

Read More

Classifieds

CarsIreland

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet, chat and connect with
singles in your area

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet Singles Now

Findajob

Apps

Now available on

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News