Irish Organic Association Field Talk Events
IOA runs a Field Talk programme each year to offer an opportunity for farmers to come together and discuss a variety of technical aspects of organic production. These are held on farms located around the country.
This year we are running 3 Field Talk events each with a specific focus.
It is essential to pre-book your place at the events in order to facilitate everyone, so please call the IOA office on tel 0906 433680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com stating which event you would like to book in for.
All IOA members are welcome to attend the Field Talk events.
This year’s programme is as follows, all events take place at 2pm
July 25th – Organic Cereals – Gavin Tully, Camolin, Co. Wexford, Y21 H2R6.
Winter oats, winter wheat, rye, malting barley, red clover and ryegrass and potatoes. John Faulconbride from Western Seeds will also be present on the day as will Julio Isidro Sanchez, Assistant Professor in Crop Science at UCD who is running naked barley trials on the farm.
August 1st – MOPS Field Talk at Desmond Thorpe’s, Knockroe House, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Y34 RR22 – Open to All
This Field Talk event will take place on a farm that has been in organic production for over thirty years. The focus will be the field scale vegetable enterprise and organic oats. The farm is also participating in the EIP-Agri project – Maximizing Organic Production Systems (MOPS) and is the location for the Green Manure Trial which is a key aspect of the project. Professor Peter Jones will discuss the design, implementation and results of the trail to date with input from Paula Pender and Des Thorpe. This trail will run over three years on the farm and is showing very interesting results for subsequent crop production and biodiversity levels.
August 22nd – Organic Dairy Production – Coleman Deely, Newcastle West, Co Limerick V42 F671
Coleman will cover how he got the farm ready for conversion to organic farming, grassland management, cow types for organics and how he is trying to improve his soil biology. Also Coleman will speak about his involvement with the Danú Farming Group
If you would like to attend any of the events please pre-book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting the office in Athlone by ringing 090 6433680.