The coming week will be an action-packed one for tillage webinars. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began nearly a year ago, conference organisers have had to adapt considerably.

As a result, growers are now spoilt for choice when it comes to tillage conferences. As spring kicks into gear this week, there are multiple online conferences taking place which will be worth tuning into.

Below is a rundown of the main conferences taking place this week:

Teagasc crop agronomy webinar - 2 March 11.30am

Continuing their run of crop online events, Teagasc are holding their first of a series of crop agronomy webinars on Tuesday March 2 at 11:30am.

Teagasc researchers, specialists and advisors will update viewers on crop agronomy for the coming weeks.

Advice on nitrogen, P and K, PGR and disease control will all be discussed. The following crops and programmes will be in focus:

  • Winter oats - nutrition, growth regulation and disease control
  • Winter barley - growth regulation nutrition, and disease control
  • Spring beans - seeding rates, nutrition and weed control
  • Spring barley - components of yield, seeding rates and seedbed nutrition
  • Each section will be followed by a questions and answers session. Pre-registration is required. You can register for the webinar here.

    Ulster Arable Society conference – 3 March 8pm

    The annual Ulster Arable Society (UAS), Ulster’s Farmers Union and Cafre arable conference will move online this year and will take place on Wednesday 3 March from 8pm. The focus of this year’s conference is on regenerating your soil.

    The speakers and topics which will be covered during the event include:

  • Charlotte Curtis who will discuss the principles of regenerative farming
  • Paul Cottney, a Phd research student, will present the findings of his research on cover crops in Northern Ireland
  • David Blacker, a former AHDB Monitor Farmer, will discuss his experiences with adapting these techniques in his arable business
  • Pre-registration for this event can be done by following this link.

    ITLUS Spring Webinar – 4 March 11:30am

    The Irish Tillage and Land Use Society are holding their annual spring webinar online on Thursday 4 March at 11:30am. The webinar will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunities to engage and ask questions throughout. The agenda, speakers and topics for Thursday’s webinar include:

  • 11.30am President's Introduction - John Phelan Honorary President ITLUS
  • 11.35am Grain prospects and market potential - Andy Doyle from the Irish Farmers Journal will discuss the current grain market and its future along with an overview of TII (Tillage Industry Ireland)
  • 11.55am Coping with the stresses of farming - George Graham sheep farmer from Co Wexford will speak about his personal challenges and coping mechanisms.
  • 12.15pm Farming structure options - Martin O’Sullivan, agricultural consultant and partner with O’Sullivan Malone Accountants will discuss different farm structure options, their pros/cons and common complications with possible solutions.
  • 12.35pm Question and answers
  • To join the webinar, follow this link.

    From the Tramlines technical discussion with Wolftrax - 4 March 8pm

    The Irish Farmers Journal will hold its first From the Tramlines technical discussion of the year on Thursday 4 March at 8pm.

    The webinar will see an informative and lively discussion about the role of micronutrients in Irish crop production, with a focus on Wolftrax.

    Wolftrax uses Dry Dispersible Powder (DDP) technology to deliver micronutrients to crops. The webinar will delve into the science behind the technology, discuss the spout and broadcast application when sowing in terms of efficacy, fertiliser dressing vs foliar application and much more.

    There will also be a discussion on Irish trial results which were conducted by Goulding Fertiliser, Wolftrax and NUIG.

    The webinar will be a discussion style format and participants include:

  • Liam Dunphy, manging director, Goulding Fertiliser
  • Michael Lassen, sales manager for Europe Plant Nutrition, Compass Minerals
  • Mark Goodwin, manager of international business, Compass Minerals
  • James O' Reilly, tillage farmer, From the Tramlines 2019 & 2020
  • Peter Scott, technical director, Origin Fertilisers UK & Ireland
  • Andy Doyle, tillage editor, Irish Farmers Journal
  • Stephen Robb, ag innovation & renewables specialist, Irish Farmers Journal
  • The webinar is free to watch on the Irish Farmers Journal website and no preregistration is required.

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