Throughout the month, Irish Farmers Journal readers have been sending in their pictures for Arable April.

The initiative, run in conjunction with the Irish Grain Growers' Group and supported by Seedtech, has a theme of sustainability.

Through competition entries, posts and pictures on social media, tillage farmers, farming families and industry really showed the positives of the sector.

Cover crops, direct drilling and examples of good crop rotations were all displayed.

There were plenty of pictures showing forage crops for livestock being grown, as well as crops such as beans, which are an important ingredient in feed rations.

Those bean crops, along with oilseed rape, are also great sources of food for pollinators.

Here is just a selection of what readers sent in as part of the competition. The winner will be announced in next week's paper.

In pictures

Kevin McCann took the young apprentices out for a walk in a diverse cover crop in Co Wexford.

Abby Auchmuty, age 11, using a refractometer to check Brix levels in winter wheat. Photo sent in by Mervyn Auchmuty.

Luke Thornton sent in this picture of Planet spring barley being min-tilled into soil that had a cover crop over winter. The soil really benefits from this practice and it feels more friable year after year.

Bríd, Méabh, John and Róisín Nolan watching their grandfather Gerry's maize being sown in Co Kilkenny.

Patrick O'Meara junior keeping a close eye on contractor John Murphy sowing fodder beet for Patrick and Ger O'Meara, Cahir, Co Tipperary.

Liam Leahy assessing a crop of winter beans which will be sold to Dairygold. Homegrown protein going into animal diets.

Tommy Kehoe is thinking of making a switch on farm. He is pictured here with a John Deere 750A drill on demo from TFM Enniscorthy drilling SY Errigal spring barley.
Seán Mangan ploughing his cover crop planted after spring barley, which helps reduce nitrate leaching, using his 1975 Ford 2600 and two-furrow Ferguson plough at the foot of Nephin Mountain.