April has been a busy month on tillage farms.
Over the past four weeks, readers have been sending in their best tillage snaps as part of Arable April.
Arable April showcased the very best of the tillage industry over the month and was brought to you by the Irish Farmers Journal and the Irish Grain Growers Group (IGGG), with the support of Seedtech.
Entries for the Arable April photo competition are now closed and the judges are deliberating.
Here are selection of the best pictures submitted over the past week.
Arable April around the country
Killen Bros drilling spring barley in Derry this week. Picture submitted by Lorraine Killen.
Contractor Mark Troy setting maize overlooking Courtmacsherry Bay in Cork. Picture submitted by Gearoid Holland.
Seamus Carroll getting ready to spray his KWS Bono hybrid rye in Crossabeg, Co Wexford.
“Feeding the terns while discing next to our Lady’s Island Lake in Wexford.” Picture submitted by Steve Corish.
Shane Igoe in Galway ploughing ahead of sowing wild bird cover.
Stephen Carey sowing spring barley with a Fendt 720 and Vaderstad Rapid drill for Wicklow Rapeseed Oil just south of Wicklow town.
James Irish inspecting his crop of LG Astronomer in Kilkenny for its T1 fungicide application. Oaten straw was chopped on this field last year and FYM from his beef farm applied.
Patrick O'Meara junior keeping a close eye on contractor John Murphy sowing fodder beet for Patrick and Ger O'Meara, Cahir, Co Tipperary.
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. / Luke Thornton, Kildare.
“I was looking for help with OSR crop and 17 bee hives with 30,000 bees in each one turned up. Thanks to Mick Kelly, chair of Fingal bee keepers.” / Ollie Whyte, Dublin.
Reynoldstown Produce planting Queen potatoes for summer 2021 in Louth. Picture submitted by Steve Corish / McDonnell Agri Videos.
Mark Kearney setting by the River Bride, Cork, in moonlight.
Michael and Séamus Drinan digging a large stone out of a crop of Gangway malting barley which was sown following a cover crop of vetch and phacelia. Picture submitted by Donal Drinan in Cork.
Gerard Tuite planting early Queen potato seed in the sandy soil of Clogherhead, Co Louth. Picture submitted by Martin McDonnell.
James English spraying winter oil seed rape in Tipperary.
The winner of the Arable April photo competition will be announced in next week’s Irish Farmers Journal.
The winning entry will receive a Sencrop Raincrop connected rain gauge and a year's subscription to their mobile application.
The runner-up will receive an Irish Farmers Journal prize pack and Irish Grain Growers Group-branded jackets.
See the full list of entries here