Crops & Spreaders takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 26 June, in Teagasc Oak Park, Co Carlow. A key theme of this year’s event is on accurate and even fertiliser spreading – making the open day a must for anyone who spreads fertiliser, regardless of the crop.

Once again this year, the Irish Farmers Journal has partnered with Teagasc to run the demonstration area which forms the centrepiece of the open day.

Top fertiliser spreaders

Each of the five spreaders will be analysed by the Irish Farmers Journal and Teagasc commentary team, with the key features of each discussed.

Areas covered will include the spreading elements such as discs and veins, GPS and headland spreading mechanisms, weighing/flow control, calibration mechanism and more.

There will also be a live demonstration of the GPS system of each spreader.

Each machine will drive along a tramline into a pointed headland, simulating spreading to demonstrate how its GPS section control handles the short point in the tramline as it approaches the headland.

The best of crop research

Visitors will also be able to view demonstrations from the Teagasc's crops research programme throughout the day.

Teagasc staff will be on hand at the open day to engage with farmers and growers, providing an opportunity to discuss the present and future challenges of the tillage industry.

Key times

  • Gates open: 11am
  • First demonstration: 12pm
  • Second demonstration: 2pm
  • Third demonstration: 4pm
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