Opinion: sustainable food production systems need solutions, not just bans
Pat O'Toole
The sustainable use directive's drastic proposals might solve one problem, but it won't ensure a supply of food. It might threaten that supply - and that is a problem for everyone, writes Pat O'Toole.
26 October 2022 News
Plan to ban crop and rush sprays by 2024
Changes proposed to the EU pesticide regulations could ban the use of all sprays in Ireland unless they are altered.
17 August 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: Wheat yields not as high as I had hoped
Wheat varieties have not improved to anything like the same degree and it’s costing a fortune to grow.
Mildew-free oat varieties being trialled
Mildew is one of the main diseases of oats and there are varieties coming down the line which are showing good resistance to mildew.
Mayflower is something to look forward to in the wheat fields
There’s a new variety in the winter wheat trials and it looks promising on the Septoria front, but it will be another few years before it will be commercially available.
10 July 2022 News
Drummonds working to reduce dependence on chemicals
Drummonds is trialling mixed varieties of winter wheat and barley at its trial site in Termonfeckin, Co Louth.
26 June 2022 News
Potato blight forecasting tools updated
Steven Kildea describes the latest developments in potato blight forecasting which will help with fungicide decisions.
15 June 2022 Crops