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Why peas and beans could be the answer to high fertiliser prices

Lower growing costs make protein crops an attractive option, but there are factors to consider

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Advantages: A field of beans in Co Carlow. Photo: Roger Jones

Advantages: A field of beans in Co Carlow. Photo: Roger Jones

Advantages: A field of beans in Co Carlow. Photo: Roger Jones

With the rising cost of fertiliser, protein crops such as beans or peas are looking like an attractive option, given their lower growing costs compared to spring cereals*.

The new Teagasc Costs and Returns booklet shows that input costs for spring cereals range from €818/ha for oats up to €994/ha for spring wheat.


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