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Maize & Beet Trials 2017

Posted: 28 Sep 2017






Recruitment Opportunity at Goldcrop - we are looking for a Sales & Logistics Administrator

Posted: 13 Jul 2017
We are looking to recruit a Sales & Logistics Administrator based in Carrigtwohill, Co Cork.

The role will involve;

  • Take Inbound Calls from existing Customers, using upselling and cross-selling techniques to maximise order revenue.
  • Make Outbound Calls to existing Customers to achieve incremental sales and place orders on time.
  • Delivering on set sales targets & Organise Logistics.
  • Working closely with the Sales Management Team to promote sales campaigns and promotions to our Customers.
  • Managing and maintaining Customer records accurately within the system.
  • Handling and assisting with any Customer Service queries that arise.
  • Undertake various administrative and adhoc duties as directed by Management.

Applicants should have:

  • Agricultural Background an advantage
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in inbound / outbound sales
  • Excellent sales and negotiating skills.

We can offer an outstanding opportunity to grow a long-term sales career with a progressive and well-established company.

Please apply by emailing your cv & cover letter to aisling.lougheed@goldcrop.ie closing date for applications is Friday 28th July 2017.








An Open Invitation to All Arable Farmers

Posted: 21 Jun 2017


Goldcrop Trade Open Days on Arable Crops in Dunleer & Cork


What / Agenda


Annual Goldcrop Trade Open Day on Arable Crops, to include presentations on;


  • Winter & Spring Barley
  • Winter & Spring Wheat
  • Spring Oats
  • Winter OSR
  • Spring Beans
  • Cover / Catch Crops
  • Latest Agronomic Advice & Technologies

In addition, at our Dunleer Trials we will have: -

  • Spring Beans and Pea Varieties
  • TAMS II - Sprays & Sprayers Machinery Display




Cork

When


Thursday July 6th 2017

3.00pm

Where

Goldcrop Trial Site,
on the farm of:
Mr John Dunne,
Ballybane, Shanagarry,
Co Cork.

For further information, please call us Tel : 021 488 2800


Latitude: 51°51’39.5”N

Longitude: 8°02’53.3”W



Dunleer

When

Thursday June 29th 2017


Crop Walk Starting at 6.00 pm sharp

 

Where

Goldcrop Trial Site,
Dunleer,

Co Louth
(Just outside Dunleer on Monasterboice Road)


For further information, please call us Tel : 041 685 1241


Latitude: 53°49’26.5”N

Longitude: 6°23’35.2”W


IASIS - Credits Available







Department of Agriculture launch Grass and Clover Recommended List 2017

Posted: 22 Mar 2017
Goldcrop are delighted to offer 2 new top class varieties included in the 2017 Pasture Profit Index. These are Meiduno and Fintona.

Meiduno is a new late tetraploid with top spring growth for a late heading variety. Meiduno also boast good digestibility and will be extremely attractive variety for farmers interested in early spring grazing. Unfortunatly seed will be limited in 2017, but will be included in Diamond Hi-Digestibility.

Fintona is a new Intermediate tetraploid with extremely good Spring and Autumn growth. This will make an excellent silage variety for late May 1st cuts and will add great strength to Intensive Silage mixtures produced by Goldcrop.

Check out the list here





FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2017

Posted: 08 Feb 2017
Come along a visit our stand at Ireland’s premier farm machinery event, the biennial FTMTA Farm Machinery Show, at Punchestown Racecourse near Naas on Thursday, Friday and  Saturday 9th, 10th and 11th February 2017.






We wish you a Happy Christmas

Posted: 22 Dec 2016
From everyone in Goldcrop, we thank you for your support and valued co-operation during this past year.

We hope you and your family have a very happy Christmas and we wish you every good health and fortune in the New Year.









WINNERS!

Posted: 20 Dec 2016

We are pleased to announce the winners of the competition: -

Imelda Kinsella, Kilkenny
Sean Heffernan, Galway
James Murphy, Crinagree Dairies, Limerick


Congratulations, Results & progress reports will be posted on twitter


#goldcrop4soil        #goldcrop4pasture        #profitablepastures













Information Evening for Macra na Feirma Seandun (Cork)

Posted: 09 Dec 2016
We are pleased to welcome a progressive group of Young Farmers from Macra na Feirme Seandun (Cork)





Goldcrop will hold an information evening at the Goldcrop Seed Plant, Carrigtwohill on
Monday December 12th at 8pm.

A presentations by Dave Barry & Partick Cashman will cover the process of breeding new varieties and producing grass seed, picking the best varieties for your farm, how to get the best economic return from your pasture and new reseeds, the role of maize, beet and forage brassicas in complementing grass.

A discussion on the application of reseeding/alternative crops on farm and a tour of the seed and warehouse facilities at Goldcrop.

Refreshments will be provided afterwards.











WIN! Get your grass farm soil sampled for free

Posted: 24 Nov 2016
WIN! Get your grass farm soil sampled for free, Terms & Conditions Apply

At Goldcrop we want to see farmers get the most out of the seed that we supply. A massive part of this is getting the soil right. The first step to getting the soil right is the do a soil test. To highlight the importance of soil testing we want to give three farmers the chance to get their farm soil sampled for free. We will then follow the progress of these farms as they implement their soil results.

#goldcrop4soil        #goldcrop4pasture        #profitablepastures






How do you enter the competition? - Twitter: Follow our page and retweet this post or on Facebook: Like our page and share this post

Terms & Conditions Apply




Terms and Conditions

1. The prize consists of a maximum of 10 soil samples per winner, with 3 separate winners randomly drawn from the entries.

2. A participant will have deemed to have entered the competition if they ‘follow’ the @GCGrassForage Twitter page and ‘retweet’ the competition advertisement within the specified timeframe.

and/or

A participant ‘like’ the Goldcrop facebook page and ‘share’ the competition advertisement within the specified timeframe.

3. The winner must be actively farming and the soil sampling will target the main Grassland platform of each winning farmer. - and the Farm land is on Mainland Ireland.

4. The prize cannot be redeemed for its cash value.

5. A Goldcrop Ltd staff member will travel to each prize winner to take the soil samples.

6. Each soil sample will be tested for Phosphorous, Potassium and pH only.

7. The competition is only open to residents of Ireland aged 18 or over.

8. Goldcrop Ltd reserves the right to publish soil results on social media for educational benefit. Goldcrop Ltd is not responsible for any reputational damage or other personal grievance caused by the publishing of these soil results.

9. Goldcrop Ltd will offer technical expertise to each of the winners to enable the best implementation of the soil results.

10. Goldcrop Ltd would like to follow the progress of the winner farmers implementing the soil test results, allowing our social media followers to learn from the experience.

11. The closing date for the competition is 30th November 2016, after which the winners will be announced on social media on 5th December 2016.

12. Soil sampling to be conducted in December 2016, weather permitting. Goldcrop Ltd will designate the laboratory for testing. Results will be available when results have been received from the laboratory.

13. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

14. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

15. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

16. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network.





Goldcrop Trials November 2016

Posted: 02 Nov 2016

Here are a few pics taken from the Goldcrop trial site on the 1st day of November 2016.

We are really delighted with how the crops have established.


  • Winter Oilseed Rape
The crop was sown on the 7th September, a little later than normal in an effort to lessen pressure the from Light Leaf Spot. The crop has already received an application of Proline, Stratos Ultra and Solubor. Disease levels are very low, however another preventative fungicide will probably be applied pre-Christmas as we are in a very high disease pressure region.

  • Winter Barley & Winter Wheat
These crops were sown on the 12th October. All the trial plots were treated with Redigo Deter due to doubts regarding the effectiveness of the Pyrethroid aphicides. Winter Wheat crops were badly affected by BYDV in the area last year.

The Winter Wheat follows a crop of WOSR. Slug numbers were very high but have been treated by an application of Gusto slug pellets.

The Winter Barley follows Spring Barley and will be followed by WOSR. Our normal rotation is WOSR/WW/SB/WB.

We will shortly conduct some plant counts to see if the crops have established in line with our target plant populations.


Winter Oilseed Rape


Winter Wheat





Winter Barley



Average Dairy Farm Growth Rate from PastureBase Ireland for the week ending 26/10/2016

Posted: 28 Oct 2016

Dry weather brings exception grazing conditions across the country






Growth rates across the country have reduced to 29 kg DM per day. This means that animals are likely to be quickly eating into the reserve of grass built up on the farm earlier in the autumn. 60% of the farm should be closed for spring grazing by this weekend. With grazing conditions exceptional, resist the temptation to graze paddocks that are closed as this will reduce grass supply in the spring. If animals are moving through grass too quickly, act now by including high quality baled silage of equivalent into their diet. It is also possible to dry off thin cows now to reduce grass demand. This will help to extend the grazing season and keep grass in the animal’s diet for longer. Each extra day at grass is worth €2.10 per cow per day in autumn. The current dry spell of weather will allow for excellent clean out of paddocks before this winter. This will allow swards to tiller and thicken over the winter. It will also ensure that there is only high quality grass available for stock in the spring, while getting full advantage of the grass available today. With the dry spell set to continue for the next week, this spell of good ground trafficability presents a massive opportunity to get lime out on paddocks that are low in pH.







Average Dairy Farm Growth Rate from PastureBase Ireland for the week ending 12/10/2016

Posted: 14 Oct 2016

Growth rate has reduced to meet demand on most farms



Growth rates across the country have reduced to 43 kg DM/ha per day. Drier weather has improved grazing conditions with long range forecast for next week also looking dry. All farms should be closing paddocks now for next spring. Aim to have at 60% of the farm grazed for the final time by the 1st November, with the remainder of the farm grazed by December. This will ensure sufficient grass on the farm to turn out animals early next spring. Grazing out paddocks tight at closing will ensure the highest possible quality grass is available to animals next spring and will encourage tillering over winter. With soil traffic ability improving across the country and animals on a long grazing rotation, now is an ideal time to get lime out on paddocks that have tested low for pH. Lime is the most important and cheapest nutrient.






Average Dairy Farm Growth Rate from PastureBase Ireland for the week ending 21/09/2016

Posted: 22 Sep 2016

Growth rate is still above average



Growth rate is still above average compared to the last two years at 63kg DM/ha. With day length getting shorter and temperatures falling it is likely that growth rates will continue to fall. As growth rates fall, animals will start eating more grass per day than is being grown. This means that animals will start eating into the reserve of grass that was built up over August and September. Most farms will be hitting peak cover now or in the next week. Aim for an average cover of 350-400 kg DM per cow. If the current cover is low, consider feeding high quality silage or selling cull cows to extend the grazing season. Keeping grazed grass in diet for as long as possible though the autumn is the cheapest way to feed animal high quality feed.







Average Dairy Farm Growth Rate from PastureBase Ireland for the week ending 14/09/2016

Posted: 15 Sep 2016

Growth stays high but Utilization is challenging



Average growth rate on dairy farms across the country is remaining above average at 67 kg dry matter per ha/day. Soil temperatures are 2-3oC above average for the time of year and this is driving grass growth. Unfortunately the excessive rain over the last week has made grazing conditions on farm difficult especially with high pre grazing covers resulting from the high. If grazing conditions are difficult try move to paddocks with lower covers until the ground dries up. Allocating 12 hrs grazing blocks, multiple entry points and using a back fence will all help to increase grass utilization and prevent poaching. Due to the high soil temperatures reseeds sown in the last few weeks are growing extremely quickly. Don’t forget a post emergence spray while weeds are small.







Teagasc Forage Breeding Program Supported by Goldcrop

Posted: 09 Sep 2016







Goldcrop are responsible for the commercial seed propagation, marketing and wholesale distribution of all new Teagasc bred cultivars in Ireland and Internationally. Pat Conaghan and his Forage Breeding team in Teagasc Oakpark work tirelessly to create top grass and clover varieties for Irish and International Farmers. Recent successful breeding is clear with one-third of the Irish Recommended list 2016 Perennial Ryegrass varieties and almost half the white clover varieties bred by Teagasc. It’s no surprise that many Teagasc bred varieties appear on the UK recommended lists.

At the start of the video, you can see the production of grass seed of new variety lines. Each new variety is sown in individual plots in a field of Oats. The Oats prevents the wind blowing grass pollen between different varieties. In this field there are literally hundreds of plots. The small plots are for the production of seed for variety testing in Oakpark. The larger plots are finished varieties. This seed will go for recommended list testing and for the production of commercial seed. Clover seed is produced by a different method. Because bees are needed to pollinate clover, polytunnels are used to control the spread of bees between varieties. At the end of the video you will see the Forage Breeding Team sowing plots of the newly created varieties and comparing them to the current market leaders to see if they have found a new top variety. Each May the team sow’s over a thousand plots of grass. The year of sowing is an establishment year. Yield is recorded in the following 2 years to find the top performers. This means that there are thousands of plots in the ground at any one time in Teagasc Oakpark. What an achievement!

The process of getting a new variety to market takes a lot of work. Its takes years to breed a new variety, and another 6 years to test it before only the best are added to the Irish recommended list conducted by the Department of Agriculture. We want everyone to see the care, attention, science, financial and physical investment that is currently going into Goldcorp’s next generation of grass and clover varieties at Teagasc Oakpark. Teagasc Oakpark are currently developing genotypic selection methods to aid in the breeding of new top varieties. We can’t wait to see the results!!!

 
Goldcrop Team





Average Dairy Farm Growth Rate from PastureBase Ireland for the week ending 07/09/2016

Posted: 08 Sep 2016





Average growth rate on dairy farms across the country is well above average at 66 kg dry matter per ha/day. Temperatures have been very mild in the last week and there has been plenty of moisture. Heavy rainfall is making grazing difficult on heavier ground. This will be made more difficult where cows are going into very high pre-grazing covers. The exceptional growth over the past month has meant that autumn covers have increased much faster than normal. Average farm covers yesterday where recorded at 1229 kg dry matter/ha. Allowing average farm covers to increase above 1200 means that cows will be grazing covers over 2500 kg dry matter/ha. This can lead to poorer quality grass being eaten by cows, poor graze outs and reduced over winter tillering. The final date for spreading fertilizer is next Wednesday. Even if you have plenty of grass ahead now, look to the recovery on paddocks recently grazed. This is the grass growth that is needed for later in the autumn. Consider this before skipping fertilizer.







Average Dairy Farm Growth Rate from PastureBase Ireland for the week ending 31/08/2016

Posted: 01 Sep 2016




Average growth rate on dairy farms across the country is staying very strong at 65 kg dry matter/day. Some of this strong growth is likely to be compensatory growth on land that was suffering from drought and received rain last week. The first of September is a key date in the calendar for building autumn grass. There should be 300 kg grass DM/cow on the grazing platform today and the rotation length should be extended to 30 days. If grass is short, it is better to feed silage now to allow grass covers to build up while grass growth remains high. Heavy rain forecast for the weekend is likely to be welcome in the drier parts of the country but could lead to difficult grazing conditions in the midlands and the west if the forecast is correct. It’s important to continue to maximize the proportion of grass in the cows diet, if sufficient grass is available on the farm. The next week is the last opportunity to get reseeding done for 2016. Aim for a 10 day turnaround to get seed in before the middle of September. Temperatures are remaining mild so it is a good opportunity to get reseeding done if ground conditions allow.







Average Dairy Farm Growth Rate from PastureBase Ireland for the week ending 17/08/2016

Posted: 30 Aug 2016



Average growth rate across the countries dairy farms has reduced to 60kg DM/ha/day. The country is a story of 2 halves at present. The east is extremely dry, with growth rates generally much lower than the average. As it is important to build covers this month. Many farms in the east are feeding silage to reduce grass demand. Learning from previous droughts there is always higher than expected growth once rain does come and this help to compensate for lost growth and help to build average farm cover. In the west, moisture for the most part is not limiting growth causing growth rates to be higher than the average. Managing grass availability over the next few weeks will determine the length of the grazing season on each farm. This makes now a key time for grass measuring. Aim for 300kg of grass dry matter per cow available at the end of August. Don’t be shy in using silage to achieve this target if needed.







Average Dairy Farm Growth Rate from PastureBase Ireland for the week ending 24/08/2016

Posted: 30 Aug 2016




Average growth rate across the countries dairy farms is holding steady at 60kg DM/ha/day. Rain over the weekend has kick started growth in areas that were suffering from drought. These areas should see very high growth rates now with high soil temperatures which will help building Autumn covers. With above average temperatures forecast to continue, Growth rates should remain good for late August.







Dairy Farm Growth Rate from PastureBase Ireland for the week ending 10/08/2016

Posted: 11 Aug 2016



Growth rate are beginning to moderate at 67 kg DM/ha/day. Growth rate is still high, but getting closer to last year’s figures as day length shortens. A farmer we talked to this week told us of his surprise in taking out surplus bales so late in the season. Temperatures in the morning and evening are getting noticeably colder in the last few days. Growth rates are likely to continue on a downwards trend from now on. Full focus now should be on building autumn covers. Building grass now will maximize the amount of grass in animals diet later in the Autumn. Rotation length should now be getting close to 25 days.

Rotation length (Days) = Area grazed per day ÷ Total grazing area available








Dairy Farm Growth Rate from PastureBase Ireland for the week ending 03/08/2016

Posted: 04 Aug 2016



Growth rate across the country still remains above average compared to the last 2 years at 70kg DM/ha per day. This is likely to continue with temperatures of over 20oC forecast for the weekend. August is a critical month for building Autumn grass supply. Calculate your remaining fertilizer allowance and target fertilizer now when the response will be greater than in September. Building quality grass now will reduce silage and concentrate feeding later in the Autumn. Average farm cover should increase quicker than expected with these high growth rates. This may create an opportunity for autumn reseeding if finances allow. If reseeding, go as soon as possible while soil temperatures are high for a quick establishment.







27/07/2016 Weekly Grass Growth - Figures provided by PastureBase

Posted: 28 Jul 2016




Growth rate for the 27/07/2016 was 72 kg DM/ha/day. This is slightly back from the previous week at 78 kg DM /ha/day. Growth rate is still above average for this time of year. This is likely to continue with good heat forecast for the coming week. Care is needed to ensure the average farm cover doesn’t rise too quickly as sward quality and animal performance will be comprised. With dry weather coming over the weekend, any surpluses should be cleared now to allow farms to build cover from a clean base for the autumn.






An Open Invitation to All Arable Farmers

Posted: 20 Jun 2016

Thursday 7th July 2016 - 3.00 pm


Get the lastest information on varieties and technical advice for a range of Winter & Spring Crops
  • Winter & Spring Barley
  • Winter & Spring Wheat
  • Spring Oats
  • Winter Oilseed Rape
  • Winter & Spring Beans
  • CoverCatch Crops

  • Agronimic Advice & Technologies


On the Farm of  : Mr John Dunne, Ballybane, Shanagarry, Co Cork

For further information, please call us Tel : 021 488 2800














Spring Bean Seed Rate Calculator 2016

Posted: 10 Feb 2016
Goldcrop Recommended Seed Rates Based on Thousand Seed Weight (TSW)

Spring Bean Seed in 2016 will have a higher Thousand Seed Weight (TSW) than would have been observed in recent years, and consequently growers should ensure to increase seed rates accordingly to achieve the optimum plant population / crop establishment.

Typically, the minimum seed rate that growers should be working with this year is 235 – 250 kgs per hectare or 15 – 16 stone per acre (assuming a seeding rate of 40 seeds per sq metre).

Because of increased availability of home-grown seed, bean seed prices this year are typically down by about €100 per tonne compared to last year, although the net cost per acre to the grower will be roughly the same given that the seed rate will have to be increased by a similar proportion.

For further information, click through for a copy of our Spring Bean Seed Rate Calculator 2016.







Goldcrop varieties top the Spring Wheat and Spring Oats Rec Lists for 2016

Posted: 07 Jan 2016

The new Spring Cereal Recommended Lists for 2016 were released today by the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine, and Goldcrop varieties are once again highly ranked against competitor lines.

 
SPRING Dept of Agri 2016
Spring Barley View List
Spring Wheat View List
Spring Oats View List




SPRING WHEAT  
 

QUINTUS spring wheat retains its No.1 position as the highest yielding spring wheat variety with a relative rating of 105 vs Sparrow @ 102. 2015 was the first year that Goldcrop were able to offer Irish growers commercial seed of QUINTUS and the positive feedback we have received from growers about the variety was widespread. Not only is it high yielding, this bearded wheat also ripens early, has good disease resistance and good grain quality. It also shows good resistance to fusarium, a key trait which can be so useful in Ireland, especially in wet summers.

RGT DOUBLESHOT is also highly rated on the new spring wheat list with a relative yield of 102. It comes in as the top variety for quality grain, delivering the highest KPH (77.8), highest protein (11.6%), and highest hagberg falling number (340). These quality attributes make RGT DOUBLESHOT a first choice milling wheat which also exhibits good overall agronomic traits, thus making it easy to grow and manage.
 
SPARROW may appear to be outclassed by the newer and higher yielding varieties, but this old reliable still retains the best rating for straw strength, and is certainly a good choice on very fertile sites where lodging risk is high. It also holds very good grain quality along with good resistance to sprouting and good resistance to disease. It is a later maturing type so it’s best to sow SPARROW early if at all possible.


SPRING OATS  


BINARY
spring oats is the clear leader on yield on the new RL coming in with a rating of 109 vs Husky @ 105. This will be the 5th year in a row that BINARY has topped the list on yield, and now it also tops the list on kernel content (69.2%) and delivers the best mildew resistance of all varieties available (7). It is a larger grained oat than Husky or Barra (42.9 TGW), hence the bushel weight is 1 point lower than Husky @ 53.6 KPH. But BINARY still retains a lovely white colour and will mill / roll equally as well if used for animal feed or for human consumption.

BARRA is still going strong, and after 31 years on the list (must be a record!) it still retains the top position for bushel weight coming in at a massive 56.2 KPH. It is the sole variety being used by Glanbia for use in their oatmeal business that services both the Gluten-Free and the US Sturm Foods export markets, and it is well recognised internationally that nothing compares to its quality rating. In a market that is so much dictated by quality as measured by bushel weight, no doubt having an assembly of BARRA oats will always guarantee you a sale, regardless of the growing season !




PAUSTIAN spring barley was new to the market in 2015 and again the feedback from growers who had this variety last harvest was nothing but positive. It delivers high yields of quality grain with good straw strength and very good disease resistance (8 for mildew, and 7 for Rhynchosporium and Brown Rust). PAUSTIAN also exhibits very good early vigour and copes well in adverse conditions – a trait that was widely observed in May 2015 following heavy rain / cold weather during that time. It is an easy variety to grow and manage, and comes with a strong recommendation from Goldcrop for sowing in 2016.

SOLDO is an early maturing variety that delivers high yields of very high quality grain (66.9 KPH) and very good resistance to disease (8 for mildew, and 7 for Net Blotch and Brown Rust). It is a large-grained variety (53.3 TGW) that fills well and which would be ideal for use in rolled / coarse feeds.

FRONTIER is by far the longest serving variety on the RL and is now in its 12th year on the Irish market, demonstrating its robustness and resilience through all those seasons. It like Paustian (from same breeder) has also shown to be hardy in nature and capable of withstanding harsh spring conditions without any adverse effects on yield. The variety still remains very popular in Co.Wexford where it has found favour with many growers following years of consistent performance there.

 
Goldcrop will also be offering in 2016 small amounts of our new up-and-coming spring barley variety RGT PLANET which will hopefully be up for recommendation in spring 2017. To date in trials, RGT PLANET has delivered the highest yields of grain on a consistent basis and the variety is also widely approved as a malting barley in many countries around the globe. It is under final stages of evaluation in Ireland and Goldcrop are hopeful that it will be approved for use as a malting barley here very soon – watch this space for more details !!
 


SDHI Resistant Septoria Found in the Field

Posted: 03 Dec 2015
Teagasc researchers have identified new strains of Zymoseptoria tritici, the cause of septoria tritici blotch on wheat, with reduced sensitivity to the SDHI group of fungicides. The most insensitive of these strains have been found at a low frequency at Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow following routine sampling at the end of the 2015 season.


Full Press Release


Maize & Beet Open Day 2015

Posted: 19 Sep 2015





Grassland Reseeding Demonstration - Galway

Posted: 03 Jun 2015

In Association With Goldcrop, Teagasc & Kilmore Agri Ltd


Wednesday 10th June 2015

Location: on the farm of Mr Tim Kelly,
Clorane, Athenry, Co Galway

Times: 11.00am Sharp to 1.30pm

Live Demonstration Of Various Reseeding Machinery & Methods on Site

Free Draw For All Who Attend

Refreshments Available


  • Benefits Of Grassland Reseeding – Tom Murphy Teagasc Athenry
  • Grass Varieties & Mixtures - Dave Barry Goldcrop Ltd
  • Grass Measuring & Budgeting - Vincent Griffith, Aurivo
  • Grassland Weed Control – John Boylan Whelehan Crop Protection

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

Paul Ward - Goldcrop Ltd - 087 242 5307

Martin Holian - Kilmore Agri Ltd - 086 814 3032

Tom Murphy - Teagasc - 087 247 0766







Spring Seed Rate Calculators 2015

Posted: 13 Mar 2015

Establishing the correct plant population is one of the first steps in creating the potential for a top cereal yield.

Differences in Seed Size (Thousand Grain Weight) and Field Conditions will influence the optimum seed rate.

The guides for Spring Cereals and Spring Field Beans should help growers and agronomists to select the correct seed rate for their crop.

Seed Rate Calculators 2015















Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUD)

Posted: 04 Mar 2015

Many of the new aspects of the SUD come into force on 26th November, 2015. For details of your requirements and obligations as farmers, distributors and landscapers the PCS website is the first point of contact.




Click Here for Online Registration for SUDS - Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive







Goldcrop Grass, Clover & Forage Crop Catalogue 2015

Posted: 04 Mar 2015


The 2015 Grass, Clover & Forage Crop Variety Catalogue
is now available to download, alternatively if you would like a copy please Call: 021 488 2800 or Email: info@goldcrop.ie to request a copy.






Goldcrop Grower Awards 2014

Posted: 13 Nov 2014

Tuesday 11th November 2014

Goldcrop Grower Awards 2014

Goldcrop honoured its top quality seed growers at a special awards ceremony in Kilkenny today. Louth tillage farmer John McGrane from Dunleer was presented with the Overall Quality Seed Grower Award by Goldcrop Managing Director, John Murphy.

Goldcrop, Ireland’s largest seed assemblers and distributors (I.S. EN ISO 9002 Certification) have over 170 professional seed growers covering the main tillage areas throughout the country. Many of these growers have been producing seed for Goldcrop for over 20 years. Their professionalism and dedication to quality ensure Goldcrop can access a continuous supply of top quality seed barley, wheat and oats each year.

Presenting the overall quality winner, Mr. Murphy congratulated John on his achievement. He said, “John runs a very efficient and high performing operation which always consistently produces top class seed for Goldcrop. This year alone he was a provider of eight individual varieties across four crop types, which epitomizes the commitment John has given on our behalf to deliver to a consistent high quality end result. This quality award scheme duly acknowledges John and indeed all our dedicated seed growers for their hard work and commitment”.

All of our eight category winners and those short-listed are of the very highest standard not alone in Ireland but in Europe. Receiving a quality seed from our growers is key to us at Goldcrop and we are very proud of all our seed growers.”

The chosen overall winning crop grown by John McGrane was LUMOS Winter Wheat which produced a yield of 11.75 tonnes per hectare (4.7 tonnes per acre) with moisture of 16.5 % and a bushel weight of 76.1KPH.

Commenting on the award scheme head judge Andy Doyle, Tillage Specialist with the Irish Farmers Journal said, “These awards recognise the very high calibre of growers involved in certified seed production and help portray realistic yield potential targets for all growers. The yield and quality levels produced by the winning growers in the 2014 Goldcrop competition are a credit to all involved in the sector.”

Goldcrop Category Awards were also presented to the following:

  • North Spring Barley: John Malone, Carlingford, Co. Louth
  • North Winter Barley: Alan Bothwell, Carlingford, Co. Louth
  • North Oats: Dermot Hoare, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
  • North Wheat: John McGrane, Dunleer, Co. Louth


  • South Spring Barley: Christy & Kathleen Ring, Cobh, Co. Cork
  • South Winter Barley: David Tait, Whitegate, Co. Cork
  • South Oats: John Murphy, Rathcoole, Mallow, Co. Cork
  • South Wheat: John Kennefick, Ballycotton, Co. Cork

 



Trials at Ballybane

Posted: 06 Nov 2014

Monday 3rd November 2014

“The winter barley and winter wheat plots have emerged well at our trial site in Shanagarry, East Cork. The plots were sown on the 13th October in excellent conditions.

The land was ploughed and furrow pressed about 6 weeks beforehand. It received one run of a powerharrow to create the final seedbed and was not rolled.

The winter wheat was sown after winter oilseed rape and the winter barley was sown after spring barley.

The crops surrounding the plots are KWS Lumos winter wheat and KWS Tower winter barley. Seed was treated with Redigo Deter.

It will be sprayed this coming week with Flight + IPU + Sumialpha.

The winter oilseed rape variety plots are also enjoying the mild autumn and has established well despite some moisture shortage following sowing, the crop has recently received its autumn fungicide (Proline) for control of Light Leaf Spot and Phoma. It also received Boron with the fungicide.
Weed control consisted of Butisan S, followed by Salsa (Charlock control) and Falcon (volunteer cereals)”
 

John Dunne
Goldcrop Ltd

















Grassland Reseeding Demonstration - Galway

Posted: 13 Aug 2014

In Association With Teagasc & Kilmore Agri Ltd


Wednesday 20th August 2014

Location: on the farm of Mr Martin Tierney,
Carnageehy, Milltown, Tuam, Co Galway

Times: 11.00am & 6.00pm

Live Demonstration Of Various Reseeding Machinery & Methods

Free Draw For All Who Attend

BTAP Qualifying Event

Refreshments Available


  • Benefits Of Grassland Reseeding, Fertiliser & Lime Requirements – Alan Nolan Teagasc
  • Grass Varieties & Mixtures, Reseeding Methods – Dave Barry Goldcrop
  • Grassland Weed Control – John Boylan Whelehan Crop Protection

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

Paul Ward, Goldcrop - 087 242 5307

Martin Holian, Kilmore Agri Ltd - 086 814 3032

Michael Donoghue, Teagasc - 087 744 4807






Grassland Reseeding Demonstration - Mayo

Posted: 12 Aug 2014

In Association With Teagasc & Western Farming Co-Op


Thursday 14th August 2014

Location: Western Farming Co-op, Balla, Co Mayo

Time: 11.00am

Live Demonstration Of Various Reseeding Machinery & Methods

Free Draw For All Who Attend

Refreshments Available


  • Benefits Of Grassland Reseeding, Fertiliser & Lime Requirements – Alan Nolan Teagasc
  • Grass Varieties & Mixtures, Reseeding Methods – Dave Barry Goldcrop
  • Grassland Weed Control – John Boylan Whelehan Crop Protection

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

Paul Ward, Goldcrop - 087 242 5307

John Conway, Western Farming - 087 220 8875

Alan Nolan, Teagasc - 087 932 9757






Clingseal – Providing Greater returns on your Forage Harvest.

Posted: 08 May 2014

Clingseal is a new generation silage sheet, which is thinner and more flexible which it enables it to follow the contours of your silage clamp, thereby reducing any air pockets and so creates the conditions for a more efficient fermentation process resulting in less wastage on the top and shoulders of your silage clamp, therefore ensuring a superior quality silage which will give quality returns on live weight gain and milk yield.






A view of the Trials at Ballybane - Monday 14th April 2014

Posted: 17 Apr 2014


Spring Oats and Spring Beans just emerging in perfect conditions at our trial site in Ballybane









Winter Oilseed Rape plots just starting flowering



Winter wheat and Triticale at first node





Tower Winter Barley at first node looking exceptionally clean








Sumi Alpha - an ideal fit this Spring

Posted: 25 Mar 2014

Late plantings this spring mean that crops will be emerging in warm conditions which, when coupled with the increase in winter plantings, will mean very high BYDV pressure. It will be very important to use a product that has high efficacy, strong repellency and long persistence. Sumi Alpha is an ideal fit this spring as it covers all of these features as well as being the safest pyrethroid on beneficials and non target organisms. The rate of Sumi Alpha is 165 ml/ha which can be applied twice in the spring.
Please see the Technical Bulletin for more information.




Spring Oilseed Rape 2014

Posted: 25 Mar 2014

Spring Oilseed Rape offers a profitable break crop option for tillage farmers. Easy to grow with low input costs it is a serious contender to spring barley. With costs at around €365/tonne and strong prices being offered for harvest 2014 spring rape should be seriously considered. Varieties for Spring 2014 include the market leading hybrid variety DELIGHT and the leading conventional variety, TAMARIN. Information on both varieties is available under the oilseeds section of the website”




Grassland Product Summaries 2014

Posted: 10 Feb 2014

Goldcrop have updated our Grassland Product Guide for the 2014 season. Separated into three sections, options are given for weed control in clover swards, non clover swards and for spot treatment around the farm. Further enquiries on this, or any of our range of agrochemical products can be obtained by ringing Goldcrop on 021 488 2800 or by email: info@goldcrop.ie










Grass Reseeding to increase profits

Posted: 29 Jan 2014

• Grass reseeding is one of the best paying investments available to livestock farmers

• To maximise grass production and utilisation target a reseeding rate of 10% of the farm area each year

• Get the basics right when reseeding; herbicides, lime, fertiliser, cultivation and sowing

• Choose a grass mixture with the best grass varieties available

• The best grazing mixtures will include Astonenergy and Glenveagh. Astonenergy has the highest digestibility and palatability, Glenveagh has the best ground cover of all available varieties.



Grass is the key ingredient in Irish livestock farming and it sets us apart from most other countries. Grazed grass is the cheapest feed for livestock and grass silage is among the cheapest winter feeds. The benefits are seen in reduced production costs and in the green and environmentally friendly image of our milk and meat products. The rainfall that so often makes grass utilisation difficult is what allows such a consistent supply of grass from year to year.
 
Grassland management is about decision making
Do not underestimate the challenge of top class grassland management; it requires a combination of successful decision making and constant learning. There are grass management decisions to be made every day on a dairy farm and it draws on the experience, knowledge and skills of the farmer. The key to success is to learn from your past decisions and the experiences of others and then to make better decisions in future; even if only slightly better. Typical everyday decisions will be about the amount of grass to allocate per cow or how much nitrogen to apply. The bigger decisions will be about stocking rates on the farm, supplementary feeds and most importantly reseeding. The decisions about reseeding are seasonal, the best advice is to make a plan in February each year deciding what fields need to be reseeded and what time of year it will be done.

The decision to reseed
Grass reseeding is an important grassland management tool to increase the productivity of grass swards. Reseeded pastures will produce higher annual yields of grass compared to old swards. Grass digestibility and intake potential will improve. Essentially you are sowing the very best grass varieties that are available and replacing broadleaf weeds, grass weeds and older less productive perennial ryegrass plants. The message from research and advisory organisations in the past ten years is that reseeding pays; it delivers increased stock carrying capacity, reduces costs and increases profitability. Based on reseeding rates in Ireland in the past few years this message is being taken up by farmers. There is however much more potential to exploit this important management tool to continue improving efficiency and this should be an integral part of dairy expansion plans.

Reseeding advice – Get the basics right
Identify paddocks to reseed - Poor yield performance and low Perennial Ryegrass content (less than 50%).
 
Timing of reseeding - The farm needs a good supply of grass and suitable soil conditions to carry out the cultivation and seed sowing operation. Both requirements are weather dependent. Spring reseeding generally leads to more successful establishment and gives better opportunities for post emergence weed control. Ideally graze once or twice, reseed in April and be back grazing in June. Generally when you plan on spring reseeding you are more likely to get it done.
 

• Spray off the old sward with Glyphosate.
 
• Get a soil test done and apply Lime, Phosphate and Potash as recommended. Apply Nitrogen at or after sowing.
 
• Select a suitable grass seed mixture with the best available varieties and sow at 14-16kg per acre.
 
• A fine firm seedbed is essential whether ploughing or not.
 
• Ideally cover the seeds and always roll well.
 
• Monitor closely for pest attack from the date of sowing and take action where necessary. Slugs, Leatherjackets, Frit Fly and Rabbits are the main threats.
 
• Post emergence weed control is essential particularly for docks and thistles. Normally apply herbicide 5-6 weeks after sowing. Get advice on the most suitable product.

 
Grass Varieties
Grass varieties are constantly being evaluated in recommended list trials, grassland research centre trials and on farms. There is new information coming available all the time about grass varieties. This influences the choice of varieties for the ideal grass mixture whether for grazing or silage. Make sure all varieties are tried and tested in Ireland.
 
Grazing mixtures: Astonenergy and Glenveagh are essential in the mixture. Include one other variety from the recommended list with the choice dependent on the sward requirements. Astonenergy is a tetraploid and has the highest digestibility and palatability of all available varieties. It has been the best performing variety in cow feeding trials at Teagasc Moorepark. It gives excellent grass intake and cows will graze out paddocks no problem. Glenveagh is a new high yielding diploid bred by Teagasc Oakpark and has the highest ground cover of available varieties. It will give a dense sward to resist poaching and weed ingress.

 
Silage mixtures: Choose 3 or 4 varieties from the recommended list and keep the heading date interval shorter than 5 days. The current best three varieties are Solomon, Rosetta and Carrick. Solomon and Carrick are bred at Teagasc Oakpark and Rosetta is bred at AFBI Northern Ireland. All show excellent yield and spring growth.

Dave Barry
Goldcrop Ltd









We will be attending the Beet Information Event & Open Day .....

Posted: 08 Oct 2013
Saturday and Sunday 12th & 13th October, Newtown, Rathangan, Co Kildare









Winter Cereal Rec Lists for 2014 are out !

Posted: 23 Sep 2013


DAFM have published the New 2014 Rec Lists of Winter cereals (Barley, Wheat, Oats) and Goldcrop varieties are highly rated in all crops. On winter wheat, AVATAR continues to be the highest yielding variety, with excellent performance and suitability as a first wheat and/or in the early sowing slot.  KWS LUMOS has also now been added with a provisional recommendation of 103 for yield, and with an excellent overall agronomic package. It performs very well in the second / continuous wheat slot and is early to ripen, helping to spread the harvest.  CASSIA remains the highest performing 2-row barley and is already sold out, obviously proving its popularity amongst growers. The new successor of Cassia, KWS TOWER, will be added once National Listing is complete, hopefully this will happen in the near future.  BARRA remains the No.1 oat for quality (Bushel & Colour) which is such an important consideration when sowing this crop, especially if the market is in over-supply as it currently is.



























It’s not too late to sow Winter Oilseed Rape !

Posted: 30 Aug 2013

This is the clear message coming from seed suppliers Goldcrop who are concerned that the slow demand for seed to date is an indication that the area of Winter Oilseed Rape (WOSR) to be sown for 2014 could be under threat.

According to General Manager, Donal Fitzgerald, “Soil temperatures at present are generally about 2-3 degrees ahead of normal which will allow crops to get off to a flying start. In addition, land is not at all as wet as last year, and the threat of slug attack post-sowing is much reduced following the dry summer. This should allow growers the latitude to extend the sowing window into mid-September this year with a much higher degree of confidence than in 2012

“Many growers are probably disillusioned with the WOSR crop following this past year. A lot of crops experienced problems with poor establishment, pigeon damage and weed infestation, all of which contributed to an overall poor on-farm yield in 2013. However, there were also many high-yielding crops harvested, and these tended to be those that were sown early, established well, and had a decent plant canopy developed coming into the spring”.

This is a key factor in growing a successful crop of WOSR according to Donal. “The first 6 weeks of the WOSR crop is where the foundation of yield is generated. Once the crop is established correctly, then the other crop management practices will fall in to place and with a lower cost. And we know from experience that good yields will follow in such situations”

There are a few key points which Goldcrop would like to highlight and which arable farmers should consider in the coming 2 weeks while the opportunity to sow WOSR still exists ;

 
  • The best year for WOSR yields in Ireland was in harvest 2011, and the main reason for that was due to the excellent establishment of crops in autumn 2010. The weather in that summer & autumn period was warm and soil conditions at sowing were also good. Similar conditions now prevail in autumn 2013 thus giving growers an excellent platform to get crops sown and established to maximise the chances of an optimal crop canopy going into the winter.
  • The forward price on offer today for rape sold next harvest is approx €350 per tonne @ 9%. Growers should be targeting a yield of 1.8 – 2.0 tonnes per acre which at the above price would leave a net margin of €140 - €210 per acre. This level of margin is competitive against many alternatives, but it also shows that a high yield is of key importance. Proper crop establishment is the key building block needed to deliver that high yield.
  • Cereal yields following WOSR are significantly higher than from a continuous cereal rotation, and it is important to think about the long-term rotation on farm rather than short-term experiences from the previous harvest.
  • Other combinable break crop options are more limited. Both spring beans and oats have a defined and limited market, but there is plenty of scope for expansion in the supply of WOSR

For anyone that is sowing WOSR in the coming weeks, it is important to choose a variety that is proven to give a reliable performance under Irish conditions, and also that has good lodging resistance for an easy harvest. Top varieties available in 2013 are SENSATION, OSPREYEXCALIBUR and DK-EXTROVERT.

For further information, check out our grower information guide on how to produce the best crop of WOSR.




Varieties of Winter Oilseed Rape available from Goldcrop

Posted: 15 Aug 2013

With the winter barley harvest now completed, land should be cleared of straw and preparations made for the sowing of winter oilseed rape. Winter oilseed rape can be sown from August 15th up until September 15th – a very narrow sowing window. Variety choice should be centred upon high yielding, stiff strawed and locally proven varieties such as the hybrid variety SENSATION, or the conventional variety OSPREY. For a new variety to “look at” DK EXTROVERT, with its high level of résistance to pod shatter and complete resistance to phoma, should also be considered. Variety sheets can be found under the Oilseeds section of our website. Alternatively contact Goldcrop either by  telephone : 021 488 2800 or email: info@goldcrop.ie and one of our Representatives will be happy to help
























Teagasc and Goldcrop Join Forces in Grass and Clover Breeding

Posted: 16 Jul 2013
  • The very best grass and clover varieties Bred by Teagasc, Oak Park
  • Seed Produced and Marketed by Goldcrop
  • Delivering improved grass and clover varieties to farmers in Ireland and Worldwide

Teagasc and Goldcrop have entered a long term agreement that will see Goldcrop market and propagate all new grass and clover varieties coming from the Teagasc breeding programme at Oak Park in Carlow.

Teagasc have a very successful forage breeding programme at their headquarters in Oak Park. There are currently many Teagasc bred cultivars on the Irish and UK recommended lists including market leading perennial ryegrasses (Glenveagh, Majestic, Kintyre, Glencar, Solomon and Carraig) and white clovers (Chieftain, Avoca and Aran). There are also a number of cultivars on recommended lists in other countries. The Teagasc forage breeding programme was initiated in the early 1960’s. The target markets are Ireland and the UK but cultivars selected primarily in Ireland for these markets may be high performing on mainland Europe. The main emphasis of the breeding program is placed on improving cultivar  performance under grazing, particularly dry matter production, quality and persistence. Consideration is also given to silage dry matter yield and quality given that grass silage is the most important winter feed in Ireland.

Goldcrop will be responsible for seed propagation, marketing and wholesale distribution of all new Teagasc bred cultivars in Ireland and Internationally with the main target markets abroad being UK, Germany, Denmark, Holland and New Zealand. The agreement covers the next ten years.

Goldcrop is the leading seed assembler, importer and distributor of all seed types in the Irish market. Grass seeds and Cereal seeds are the main business areas along with Clover, Maize, Beet, Forage Brassicas, Pulses, egetable and Amenity grass seeds. The company also has significant market shares in Agricultural Chemicals, Crop Packaging and Agricultural Hardware. Business activity is centred at wholesale level supplying agricultural co-ops and merchants. Goldcrop was founded in 1985 and is family owned with the headquarters at Carrigtwohill, Co Cork. The company has 70 employees and operates from three locations; Carrigtwohill and Kilavullen in County Cork and Dunleer in County Louth. Goldcrop has an excellent portfolio of grass and clover varieties which they represent in the Irish market. The company markets a number of very successful grass and clover mixture brands including the ‘Diamond Leys’ and ‘Evergreen’ ranges as well as producing grass and clover mixtures for a large number of the agricultural retailers in Ireland under their own brands. retailers in Ireland under their own brands. 




Spring Oilseed Rape

Posted: 15 Apr 2013

Soil temperatures are gradually rising and are now at the 8oC required for sowing Spring Oilseed Rape. Goldcrop are offering DELIGHT, a high yielding, early maturing hybrid variety and TAMARIN, a high yielding, early maturing conventional type. Information on how to grow Spring Rape is available under the OILSEEDS section of the website.



Thinking of Sowing Winter Oilseed Rape ?

Posted: 11 Sep 2012

With the winter cereal harvest finally drawing to a close it is time to think about sowing winter oilseed rape. The forward prices are very high at the moment and as such the crop should feature very strongly in farmers’ cropping plans for 2012/2013. The delayed harvest has pushed the sowing window back into September and so with this in mind it is important to consider the following:


Good seed bed preparationa firm fine tilth is essential

Autumn Nitrogento encourage fast establishment (until the last allowable date of application)

Slug pellets
Slugs are at epidemic proportions. Pellets should be applied immediately post sowing.
 
 
Variety Choice – Varieties with a high autumn vigour score should be the first port of call. These can include a hybrid variety such as Sensation Or a conventional variety such as Osprey.

These are two proven varieties that have been through both private screening trials and the official National List Trials.

Consider using Tiger 90 pellets to bulk up the seed and provide an early source of sulphur.

For more information please contact us here at  Goldcrop.



Arable Update

Posted: 01 Mar 2012


Spring has arrived and activity has begun in the fields.

Soil temperatures are up to 10 deg C at the moment, this is between 30 & 40% above normal. As a result, winter crops have begun to grow with earnest.

Winter Barley


Crops are approaching the end of tillering with many fields displaying a hungry appearance. Hungry crops should receive an application of N (40-50 units) as soon as possible to avoid loss of tillers and yield potential. P & K requirements should also be applied at this time.

Where one is concerned about a lack of tiller number/crop thickness, an application of a suitable PGR would also be recommended. This will encourage the plant to maintain tillers and prevent it getting too “leggy”.

Disease levels vary in crops depending on variety, rotation etc. There are many reports of Mildew & Brown rust in barley crops in the south. High levels of these diseases should be treated with an appropriate product.


Winter Oilseed Rape
 

Crops are entering the stem elongation stage. This is an important time to get the crop growing away from pigeon grazing. Very backward crops can receive up to 75% of their total N requirement now. Very leafy crops can have this first split of N reduced or delayed. Include as much Sulphur as possible in all N applications on rape.

P&K applications should be completed in rape now.

Once rape crops are at the green bud stage, the very important stem elongation fungicide should be applied. A trace element product such as Epso MicroTop should be included with this fungicide to supply Boron, Magnesium, Sulphur & Manganese to the rapidly growing crop. A second fungicide should be applied at early flowering for Sclerotinia control.

Winter Wheat

Crops vary from early tillering to end of tillering.

N applications can be made on 2nd crop/continuous wheat to boost tiller survival/root production.

N application can be delayed on 1st crop wheats, especially where crops are lush or very thick.
Monitor crops closely for development of mildew/brown rust due to the mild conditions.

In general, Septoria levels are high in crops. It looks like it will be a year for T0 applications.


Spring Cereal Planting

Spring sowings have been slow to date, lack of drying and fear of bird damage have been the main reasons for not sowing.

Soil temperatures are quite high so sowing should begin once we get suitable weather.

Remember that the optimum plant population for spring wheat, oats & barley is in the region of 350 plants/m2. These high plant numbers are especially important where soil N reserves are low and tillering could be reduced.

Spring Oilseed Rape

Sowing of spring oilseed rape should begin once we have passed St Patricks day. Hybrid varieties such as Delight will have extra vigour which is valuable at early sowing dates.
Soil temps need to be consistently above 8 deg when deciding to plant SOSR.

Non hybrid varieties Kumily & Tamarin will also be available this season.

A comprehensive guide to growing SOSR will be provided on our site before the sowing season begins.


John Dunne,
Cereal Variety Manager

Grass Reseeding

Posted: 22 Dec 2011

As published in the December issue of the IGA Newsletter
By Dave Barry

Grass is the key ingredient in Irish livestock farming and sets us apart from most other countries. The benefits are seen in reduced production costs and in the green and environmentally friendly image of our milk and meat products. The rainfall that so often makes grass utilisation difficult is what allows such a consistent supply of grass from year to year. 2011 was a good year for grass growth and the weather allowed a long grazing season.

Grass reseeding is an important grassland management tool leading to increased productivity of livestock farming. Essentially you are sowing the very best grass varieties that are available and replacing broadleaf weeds, grass weeds and older less productive perennial ryegrass plants. There has been a strong message from research and advisory organisations and the seed trade in the past ten years that reseeding pays and delivers increased stock carrying capacity, reduces costs and increases profitability. Based on reseeding rates in Ireland in the past few years this message is being taken up by farmers. There is however much more potential to exploit this important management tool to continue improving efficiency.

In looking at the reseeding rates in any particular year the most important influence is the weather. A farmer needs a good supply of grass on the farm and suitable soil conditions to carry out the cultivation and seed sowing operation, both requirements are weather dependent. On examining the reseeding rates in Ireland over the last 25 years; the level of reseeding is closely linked to weather conditions in the April to September period.

The area of land reseeded with grass in 2011 was about 5% ahead of the ten year average. There was strong demand for grass seed in spring and the autumn was less busy. Weather conditions throughout the summer were good in most of the country; parts of Leinster became very dry at times during the summer and the North West was very wet in August and September. Grass seed availability was tight particularly in the autumn. The more popular recommended list varieties were especially scarce. Grass seed prices also increased in 2011 due to increased production costs for seed and tightness of supplies.

In 2010 the area reseeded was among the biggest for any previous year with rates at 30% ahead of the 10 year average. In 2008 and 2009 the reseeding rates were 30% behind the average due mainly to very poor weather in the April to September period.

Looking forward to 2012, assuming the weather plays its part; grass reseeding rates should again be ahead of the ten year average. The message on the benefits of reseeding that is being delivered by Teagasc and The Irish Grassland Association is certainly having an increasing impact with farmers. In 2011 there were many open days and demonstrations organised by these two organisations that very graphically demonstrated the benefits. Also, there are many farmers planning expansion in dairy production over the coming years and they are likely to increase their reseeding rates as part of these plans. Grass seed supplies will again be tight in 2012 and prices will be higher. It is good advice to secure grass seed mixtures early in the season if you want to pick from the very best varieties.

Grassland reseeding is one of the best paying investments available to grassland farmers. Grazed grass is the cheapest feed for cows and drystock and grass silage is among the cheapest winter feeds you can produce. Reseeded pastures will produce higher annual yields of grass compared to old swards. Grass digestibility and intake potential will improve. Based on recent research at Teagasc Moorepark the biggest impact on improved profitability from reseeding comes from a substantial increase in spring grass yields and autumn grass yields. In a recent study at Moorepark, pastures with 100% perennial ryegrass produced February growth rates of more than twice those of pastures with 40% perennial ryegrass. The annual improvement in profitability is worth over €200 per hectare for the 100% perennial ryegrass sward versus the 40% perennial ryegrass sward.

Perennial ryegrass dominant swards will use nitrogen more efficiently. Fertiliser prices have increased in 2011 and look set to increase further in 2012; this provides an extra incentive to reseed. Reseeding will increase the tonnes of grass produced and increase the grass utilisation and therefore the stock carrying capacity of the farm. This coupled with the improved return on fertiliser should return the reseeding cost within two years.

The timing of reseeding is hugely influenced by weather conditions and grass supply on farms. Spring reseeding generally leads to more successful establishment and gives better opportunities for post emergence weed control. Generally with spring reseeding there is less impact on the grass available for grazing due to high growth rates on the rest of the farm while the reseeded area is out of production. Ideally graze once or twice, reseed in April and be back grazing in June. Generally when you plan on spring reseeding you are more likely to get it done.

Grass varieties are constantly being evaluated in recommended list trials, grassland research centre trials and on farms. There is new information coming available all the time about grass varieties. This influences the choice of varieties for the ideal grass mixture whether for grazing or silage. The Irish recommended list is the most valuable source of information on the grass varieties that are available. Varieties are evaluated for a minimum of two separate sowings and four harvest years at a range of sites around the country. Varieties will only be listed if they show sufficient merit in terms of overall yield, seasonal yield, digestibility and ground cover score. Over the past eight years there were 99 varieties evaluated for the first time, 23 of these were listed and 76 were rejected. The recommended list trial protocol has been adjusted in 2011 to improve the usefulness of the results. There are now two separate trials for all varieties; there is a simulated grazing trial and a two cut silage trial and this information will be presented in future recommended lists probably from 2014.




Posted: 30 Nov -0001