Teagasc Crop Report

Update number 1 2022

Update number 1 2022

Friday 18th February 2022
(Updated Monday 21st February 2022)
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Fertiliser advice 2022

Fertiliser Advice for 2022

With the increase cost of fertilisers, particularly nitrogen, putting significant pressure on crop margins for 2022 much debate over the last few months has been around how much should be applied to crops for the coming year.

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Spring Beans

Spring Beans

There is strong interest in beans this season in response to high nitrogen costs and good forward prices (€265/t) on offer from merchants. The protein payment is available this season with a total fund of €3m available. Payment in 2021 was €300/ha.

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Winter Barley

Winter Barley

The area of winter barley is estimated to be slightly above the 2021 area of 67,000ha. Crop establishment is excellent as a result of a very mild and relatively dry autumn 2021. Crops have a good foundation for yield with above average shoot counts but forward crops will need careful management for fertiliser, growth regulation and disease control this spring.

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Winter Wheat

Winter Wheat

According to the 2021 Teagasc Harvest Update approximately 57,000ha of winter wheat were drilled last autumn, most of which were drilled in near perfect conditions, and have subsequently established very well most have plant counts of 250 plants/m2 or more. Crops are at growth stage GS23/24 on average at the moment. Average soil temperatures according to Met Eireann, are between 2 and 3OC above normal for this time of year.

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Winter Oats

Winter Oats

Similar to all crops drilled last autumn winter oats were drilled in ideal conditions and crops have established very well with minimal losses over the winter period. According to the Harvest Report 2021 an estimated 15,000 ha of oats was planted last autumn which would represent an increase of 1,100 ha from 2020.

 

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Winter Oilseed Rape

Winter Oilseed Rape.

An estimated 13,000 ha of oilseed rape was planted last year which represents an increase of over 20% on 2020. Most crops progressed well during the autumn with most having received herbicides and fungicides in the autumn.

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Tillage Events

Tillage Events

Webinars

Teagasc held a series of tillage webinars in January and early February as part of our "Tillage Month" seres. These webinars covered a variety of topics from some of the latest research findings in Oak Park, fertiliser advice for 2022, CAP reforms, and finished up with our malting barley conference in conjunction with Boortmalt. These webinars were all recorded and are available on our Teagasc Crops YouTube channel, the links are available below.

National Tillage conference part 1

Utilisation of Nutrients Webinar

National Tillage Conference part 2

CAP23 Webinar

Crops Malting Webinar

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Winter Crop Walks

A series of winter crop walks concentrating on the agronomy of winter cereals and oilseed rape was recently held across the country. The last of the walks will take place in Dublin on Tuesday 22nd of February. For further details visit the events page on the Teagasc website. 

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday Feb 15

Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow  R93 XE12

2.00pm

Wednesday Feb 16

DAFM farm, Ballyderown, Fermoy, Co. Cork P61HN32

11.00am

Thursday Feb 17

Vincent Macken, Teagasc Signpost and IPMWorks farmer, Brownstown, Navan, Co Meath C15 E9E4

11.00am

Thursday Feb 17

Jim Dixon, Kyle, Crossabeg, Co. Wexford. Y35DC99

11.00am

Friday Feb 18

Kildalton College Piltown E32 YW08

11.00am

Tuesday Feb 22

Ken McCarthy, Shallon Lane, The Ward, Co. Dublin D11 HF77

11.00am