Crowds of over 400 growers and members of the industry descended on Kilkenny last week for this year’s Teagasc national tillage conference. The highest number of attendees in recent years, many came seeking answers to the significant challenges and changes coming down the track for Ireland’s 14,000 tillage farmers.

The new-look conference gave a diverse range of research and agronomy updates throughout the day. This article will focus on the first half of the conference. The early-morning session focused on key pests, grassweeds and cereal disease resistance, and how to meet these challenges using integrated pest management (IPM). The later session focused on the environmental footprint and the role of cover crops in the sector.