The 2019 National Crops Forum will take place on Tuesday 10 September and is set to focus on the key issues facing the tillage industry.

The event takes place in the Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co Kildare, at 2pm and members of the agricultural industry are invited to attend. The event comprises of two sessions followed by a panel discussion.

Chaired by Teagasc’s Michael Hennessy, session one will focus on crop variety selection and BYDV control for 2019. This session comprises of number of speakers, including John Joe Byrne from the Department of Agriculture, who will review winter cereals varieties for 2019.

Dr Stephen Foster of Rothamsted Research in the UK will discuss aphid resistance in the UK and examine its implications for Ireland.

Finally, crops specialist Ciaran Collins will discuss Teagasc’s approach to aphid management and control for autumn 2019.

A focus on CAP

Chaired by the Irish Farmers Journal’s tillage editor Andy Doyle, session two will focus on the Common Agricultural Policy post-2020.

Fran Morrin of the Department with discuss the major changes that Ireland can expect from CAP 2020. This will be followed by a focus on new environmental proposals post-2020 by the Department’s Jack Nolan.

Finally, Teagasc’s Catherine Keena will discuss measures aimed at enhancing environment habitats on tillage farms.

The event will conclude with a panel discussion between the above speakers as well as Teagasc’s James McDonnell and Kilkenny From the Tramlines farmer James O’Reilly.

IASIS points are available at the event and all are welcome to attend.

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