All the latest opinion and comments on the Irish agricultural industry from the Farmers Journal editorial team.

Opinion: farmers are failing the sprayer test
Pat O'Toole
It should worry all farmers that only 2,360 sprayers currently have a valid certificate of test. This is not how to protect continued pesticide usage.
1 February 2023 Viewpoints
Lessons to be learned from the current New Zealand debacle on greenhouse gases
The competitiveness of our dairy industry could be at stake if we get it wrong, writes Prof Gerry Boyle.
1 February 2023 Viewpoints
Least-cost strategies need priority
Congestion charging in cities reduces air pollution and frees up peak-time bus capability as a by-product.
Methane - the wrong target for emission reductions
Prof van Wijngaarden's conclusions should be of intense interest to Irish farmers and policymakers.
1 February 2023 Viewpoints
Home Farm: Good even spread on the bare ground
The extra water from the rainfall fills up the tank by an extra 8 to 10 inches, which means we had to transfer diluted slurry to an adjoining tank.
1 February 2023 Viewpoints
Caution required as slurry season opens
The slurry season in NI runs from 1 February through to midnight on 15 October.
1 February 2023 Northern Ireland
Opinion: farmers, like meetings, may have to go hybrid
Conference season takeaways from a hectic month for farmer meetings in advance of the spring workload.
28 January 2023 Opinion
Colm McCarthy: Each scheme needs to pass a cost/benefit test
There are some cheap and expensive ways to attain whatever target is chosen and each scheme needs to pass a cost/benefit test.
25 January 2023 Viewpoints
Tight timeframe to meet future targets
The lack of a functioning Executive at Stormont has major short- and long-term implications for the agri-food industry in NI.
25 January 2023 Northern Ireland
The farming year has started again
The dairy beef steers are coming fit, and the next two months should see the bulk of them finished at very little over twenty-four months.
25 January 2023 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: brutal clarity on ‘banding’
We already know that various soil types have varying capacity to impede the travel of organic nitrate through the soil to the ground water while retaining the nutrients to stimulate grass growth.
25 January 2023 Viewpoints
Colm McCarthy: Brexit - buyer's remorse
Public and political opinion has shifted and there is growing support for a normalisation of relations with Europe.
22 January 2023 Viewpoints