It's time to grasp the GM nettle
The Dealer
With inputs increasingly scarce and expensive, it's time to revisit the ban on the production of genetically modified crops
6 May 2022 Schemes
Less than a month left to sow wild bird cover
Ground conditions in more marginal areas, which in many years are trickier to navigate, are ideal this year.
4 May 2022 News
Pesticide sale volumes drop over 20% since 2011
Sales of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides were down in 2020 from 2011's levels.
42% fewer pesticide exceedances in Irish water in 2021
Despite a welcome decrease in pesticide exceedances in 2021, parts of Longford, Limerick, Cavan, Wexford, Mayo and Limerick are areas of concern for Irish Water.
26 April 2022 News
Glyphosate registration up in December 2022
Glyphosate is a herbicide registered in the EU. Its registration is up on 15 December 2022.
13 April 2022 Crop protection
A new year with serious challenges ahead
While higher grain prices seem to provide a great opportunity for crop producers this season, increased costs and future challenges will still sap a level of confidence.
13 April 2022 Crop protection
Biopesticides, biostimulants: what are they and how do they work?
Olga Lastovetsky and Angela Feechan of UCD explain how some of the ‘bio’ products currently work, what legislation they fall under and research that’s under way into these products.
13 April 2022 Crop protection
A year like no other before
Escalating costs in a war-torn Europe should prompt a rethink on how EU policies have shaped our agriculture and our real concerns for food security.
13 April 2022 Crop protection
Evidence to be requested from commonage and some tillage farmers in CAP
Farmers will have to show “how they bear the economic and agricultural risk with regard to the agricultural activity being undertaken”.
27 March 2022 News
Ukraine’s farmers hope to reach 70% of traditional crop output
Ukraine’s farmers are assessing their ability to increase grain exports to Europe via rail and road as they work to overcome planting challenges.
23 March 2022 News
Agchems will see variable price increases
Most farmers anticipate that agchem inputs will carry higher prices this season and they are unlikely to be disappointed.
9 March 2022 Husbandry
Agriculture committee to be advised to adopt gene editing
The Oireachtas agriculture committee will be advised by scientists to allow Irish plant breeders to use gene editing technologies to improve yields and reduce the need for sprays.
8 March 2022 News