The farming community was left shocked at passing of well-known agronomist Gerry Bird, whose sudden death occurred on Sunday.
The 55-year-old was spraying a trial plot with a knap-sack sprayer at Culmullen, Drumree, Co Meath when he was discovered by a local farmer.
Originally from Longwood, Co Meath, Mr Bird studied agricultural science at UCD before working with Bayer. In 1986, he established his own crop consultancy which eventually advised on more than 20,000ac of crops annually.
He was also a regular contributor to the Farming Independent's tillage management features.
"He was a leader who freely shared his knowledge and will be sorely missed by all," said Pat Minnock of the Irish Tillage Consultants Association.
He was married to Miriam and had four children, Aine, Muireann, Eoin and Sibeal. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.