The Teagasc national tillage conference will take place on Wednesday 31 January in the Lyrath Conference Centre, Co Kilkenny, and planning for the 2024 season will form a key part of this year’s conference.

Dr Ewen Mullins, head of crops research in Teagasc, said that the impact of recent weather on winter sowing and the potential effect on seed supplies are a concern for the sector.

“Our winter sowing survey will give insight on how the sector is adapting, with additional contributions from farmers, industry and researchers,” he said.

A series of research insights will update attendees on the most recent findings from the expanded Teagasc weed monitoring strategy, the power of molecular diagnostics to inform on seed health, trade-offs of establishment techniques in the current climate as well as updates on the oats-specific research programme,” he added.

There will be a dedicated session which will describe the potential for domestically sourced cereal to support a strongly branded and now diverse drinks industry.

The recent progress in the carbon footprinting of Irish grain will also be presented, as well as the continuing developments in the use of plant derived protein in the food industry.

Structure change

The structure of the event has also been changed to now include a series of practical, interactive workshops through the afternoon.

Michael Hennessy, head of crops knowledge transfer in Teagasc said the goal of the new conference structure is to allow attendees to participate in sessions of particular interest to them and to encourage more engagement and discussion between attendees and panellists on topics.

Attendees will have the opportunity to register for up to three workshops with each hosting a panel with research, farmer/industry and advisory input. Workshop themes will include:

  • Are there synergies for the tillage and dairy sector?
  • Getting to grips with grassweeds
  • What do the 2030 Food Vision Tillage Group recommendations mean for the sector?
  • Disease control decisions for 2024
  • Getting the most out of your bean crop
  • Practical demonstrations

    In addition, there will be a series of practical demonstration stands in the main foyer throughout the day to provide additional insight across the several aspects of the Teagasc crops research programme.

    This is a physical meeting only and pre-registration by all attendees is required to confirm attendance. Registration is open until 11.30pm on 29 January on the Teagasc website.