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Dairygold Tillage Field evening in Fermoy draws crowds from across Munster for information evening

Dairygold Tillage Field evening in Fermoy draws crowds from across Munster for information evening

12th June 2019

Dairygold hosted a Tillage Field evening on Thursday 6th June in Fermoy to give growers from across Munster the opportunity to hear insights from a panel of industry experts on topics of interest to the industry such as fungicide selection, malting varieties and the current market outlook.

Attendees at the event heard from Agronomist Liam Leahy, Seamus Kearney, Trials Manager at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ciaran Collins, Crop Specialist at Teagasc, Steven Kildea, Plant Pathologist at Teagasc Oakpark and Andy Doyle of the Irish Farmer’s Journal. Addressing the growers at the event, Agronomist Liam Leahy spoke about the thought process that goes into formulating Dairygold’s robust fungicide template which forms all the basis for fungicide selection throughout the season.

Seamus Kearney, DAFM Trials Manager gave farmers some insight into the rigorous scrutiny in place for Malting Varieties and what it takes to meet the selected criteria put in place by the Department of Food, Agriculture and the Marine.

Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Crop Specialist talked farmers through the importance of the timing of fungicides programs on malting barley, emphasizing the importance of the final fungicide coinciding with awn emergence to maximize crop returns while Steven Kildea, a Plant Pathologist from Teagasc Oakpark delivered his findings on his work on Ramularia in both Winter and Spring Barley.

The event concluded with Andy Doyle of the Irish Farmers Journal giving farmers an overview of the current market outlook, emphasizing the delicacy of supply and demand which can affect grain prices and also advice from Andy on the importance of a proactive approach with their varietal and fungicide programmes.

Speaking about the event, Seamus O’Mahony, Head of Commercial, Dairygold Agribusiness, Dairygold said: “These events are a great opportunity for us to bring together an excellent panel of blended expertise to give farmers guidance on best practice within the industry. The industry is ever evolving with new technologies and research coming to the fore and it is important for us to move with that and provide farmers with a platform to discuss how they should adapt their practices to best suit their enterprises and changes within the industry”.