Promoting good soil fertility management for increased grass production and profitability on grassland farms was the focus of the Teagasc Soil Fertility Conference, which took place in Clonmel, today, Friday 16 October. Hundreds of grassland farmers and the fertiliser industry representatives attended the conference. The new Teagasc NMP-Online, a farm nutrient management planning system, and the Fertiliser Association of Ireland (FAI) Technical Bulletin Series on soil fertility, were launched at the event.
Compass Informatics, applying the best of information systems, geographical information systems, and requirements knowledge, designed and delivered the NMP Online system.
Speaking at the launch, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine Tom Hayes TD, said: “This conference, which is part of the Teagasc national soil fertility campaign, will help farmers to maximise production and profits on their farms through the efficient use of fertilisers, driving output but in a sustainable manner. This is a key ambition of our FoodWise 2025 Strategy launched earlier this year”.
Launching Teagasc NMP-Online, Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “NMP-Online, which has been developed by Teagasc, provides the capacity to do high quality nutrient management planning, which meets statutory requirements and effectively gets the message across to farmers through the map based outputs. By linking to external data sets the process of preparing nutrient plans has been made as efficient as possible. Access to the system will be open to all agri-professionals and will be supported by Teagasc. It is a key tool in the ongoing campaign to improve soil fertility and fertiliser efficiency.”
Speaking about the Teagasc NMP online system, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer at Teagasc said: ”The challenge facing the industry is to improve soil fertility while at the same time achieving environmental objectives. This can only be achieved by improving nutrient management planning at farm level. Farmers need a good understanding of the principles of soil fertility management and a clear plan for its implementation. NMP online is a first step to achieving this.”
Compass Informatics would like to thank the expert and professional team in Teagasc for the opportunity to undertake this work. We look forward to on-going enhancement and development of the system over the coming months and years ahead.
The full proceedings from the conference are available at http://www.teagasc.ie/publications/view_publication.aspx?publicationID=3737