Farm Ireland

Thursday 14 December 2017

'Crop resistance and reduced availability of products reduces tillage yields'

Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

Irish tillage farmers are facing difficulties in achieving high yields, necessary for profitability, due to the reduced availability of products and crop resistance.

The head of the Teagasc Crops Research programme, John Spink has said that profitable tillage production in Ireland is dependent on high yields.

"The effective control of weeds, pests and diseases are critical to achieving this. However in all cases, development of resistance to crop protection products, in combination with reduced availability of products as a result of changes in legislation, is making control ever more difficult.”

Speaking at the Teagasc Crops and Cultivation 2017 Open Day today, he said it was necessary that growers using all available methods such as; sowing date, seed rate and variety choice, in an integrated approach to weed, pest and disease control.

“A critical element to sustainable crop production is the use of rotations, and a large body of work to develop agronomic approaches for the production of alternative crops including; oats, beans and oilseed rape is being demonstrated.”

He also said that better varieties are needed. "There is a significant effort going into developing them as part of a large Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded centre, the Virtual Irish Centre for Crop Improvement (VICCI). This is also being demonstrated here in Oak Park.”

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