Crops and Cover Crop Cultivations – June in Teagasc Oak Park

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The major tillage event of the year – Crops and Cover Crop Cultivations, will be held at Teagasc Oak Park, on Wednesday, 21 June. Teagasc and The Irish Farmers Journal have teamed up for this biennial event which will incorporate machinery demonstrations as well as the Teagasc Crops Research programme.

The latest crops research will be on display across field trials and active demonstrations at the Carlow site. Covering a range of topics, attendees will hear research led advice on crop nutrition, increasing use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for future pest and control, as well as demonstrating added value opportunities for plant protein.

Head of Crops Research in Teagasc, Dr Ewen Mullins said; “Coping with volatile markets, reduced pesticide efficacy and increasing environmental constraints underlines the importance of the on-going research and makes adoption of the latest proven technologies essential for future sustainability goals.”

Machinery Demonstrations 

The central arena at the open day, developed by Teagasc and the IFJ, will focus on different methods of stubble cultivation and cover crop planting, and will include Irish Farmers Journal and Teagasc commentary on the working machines. The day will be a critical source of information to farmers implementing new stubble management legislation and planting cover crops. Cover crop area has been increasing in recent years and new cultivation requirements have encouraged more farmers to plant these crops.

Horticulture Display  

There will also be an added new dimension this year as Teagasc’s horticultural team will display some of the latest technology in weeding, including robotic and camera guided hoes. While this technology is focussed on horticultural crops today, their application is likely to broaden into other crops in the near future.

About Teagasc College Of Amenity Horticulture

The College of Amenity Horticulture is located at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, 5km north west of the city centre and is accessible by the 4, 9 and 83 buses.

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Having our college located in the National Botanic Gardens provides students with a unique training opportunity. There is a strong tradition of training at the National Botanic Gardens dating back to 1812.

Our aim is to train students for employment in the amenity horticulture industry. We provide our training in association with OPW, Dublin Municipal Parks departments and a large selection of Horticultural Businesses.

Currently we are providing training for 300 students between all our courses. There is a balance of both school leavers and mature participants among the students. The College of Amenity Horticulture is non-residential with students finding accommodation in the locality.

While on courses students are trained in the theory and practice of horticulture and get an opportunity to work in a practical way alongside skilled horticulturalists as part of their training.

Graduates of our courses contribute in many sectors of the horticulture industry, such as, landscape design and construction, garden centres, parks, estate gardens, grounds maintenance and greenkeeping.

All aspects of Horticulture are being studied on our programmes from Level 5 to Level 7 and prospective students should contact the college directly or attend a careers and course day to find out more information.






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