Scientific Meetings Proceedings

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The Association organises Scientific Meetings to provide members with an opportunity here the latest updates from research and developments in soil fertility and fertilizer technology. This meeting is currently held annually in Horse and Jockey, Tipperary in February.

1968 – 2023


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572023Role of sulphur in yield, nitrogen use efficiency and reducing nitrogen losses in temperate grasslandsClaire AspelView Slides >>Read Paper >>
572023Implementing technologies for improving the sustainability of tillage farmingDon SomerView Slides >>Read Paper >>
572023Nitrates Derogation 2022 - 2025 and beyondBernard HarrisView Slides >>Read Paper >>
572023National Fertiliser DatabaseFinbarr O ReganView Slides >>Read Paper >>
Webinar 2022Maximising nutrient use efficiency under changing legislation – NAP 2022 – 2025Dymphna Kehoe, DAFMView Slides >>
Webinar 2022Scenarios to limit environmental nitrogen losses from dairy expansion – a model studyNyncke Hoekstra, Louis Bolk Institute, The NetherlandsView Slides>>
Webinar 2022Adopting technologies to improve dairy farm sustainabilityDermot Heaney, Dairy farmer, Kilberry, Navan, Co. MeathView Slides>>
56.2021Transitioning to a more sustainable way of farming

Donal Sheehan

Dairy Farmer


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56.2021Getting the best out of all Nitrogen sources on your farm

William Burchill

Dairy Advisor, Teagasc Moorepark

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56.2021Fertiliser Use and the Green Deal

Jack Nolan,

Dept. Agri Food & Marine

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55. 2020ASSAP - a collaborative industry approach to improving water

Noel Meehan, ASSAPRead Paper>>
55.2020Sufficient available potassium - essential for crop and grass

production with good nitrogen use efficiency
Chris Dawson, Private Consultant, United KingdomRead Paper>>
55. 2020Farming in a low emissions environment – a dairy farmer’s

Ger Courtney (John Molyneaux Dromcollagher)Read Paper>>
55. 2020The importance of potassium in agricultural soils Tim Sheil, Mark Plunket,P atrick Forrestal and David WallRead Paper>>
54. 2019Identifying and managing soil compaction in agricultural soilsJohn Williams, Anne Bhogal, Paul Newell-Price and Lizzie Sagoo - ADAS Boxworth UKRead Paper>>
54.2019Challenges and opportunities for environmentally sustainable nutrient use David P. Wall Teagasc, Johnstown CastleRead Paper>>
54. 2019Smart Farming: reducing costs while taking climate action on farmsAndrew McHugh, Dairy Farmer & Smart Farming Participant, Co Longford and Thomas Ryan, IFARead Paper>>
54. 2019Efficient phosphorus use on agricultural soils Mark Plunket, Teagasc & David Wall, Teagasc and Tim Sheil, Bolgers Wexford.Read Paper>>
53. 2018How sustainable are Irish dairy farms?

James Humphreys, Teagasc

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53. 2018Soil phosphorus management and water quality in two agricultural catchments

Noeleen McDonald, Teagasc

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53. 2018Beef farming on low fertility soils

Paul Delaney, Farmer

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52. 2017Soil Fertility and Management on Heavy Soils Programme FarmsGer Courtney

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52. 2017Optimising Nitrogen Inputs for CerealsRichie Hackett

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52. 2017Updating Nutrient Recommendations for Irish farmsDavid Wall

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51.2016Fertilising for Profit on Grassland FarmsChristy Watson

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51.2016Soil and Fertiliser for Tillage Yield ImprovementAndy Doyle

Irish Farmers Journal
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50.2015National Soil Fertility Status and TrendsMark Plunkett

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50.2015Lime and phosphorus for maximum productivityTim SheilView Slides>>Read Paper>>
50.2015Smart Farming: Reducing costs inside the farm gate through better resource managementHarold Kingston

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50.2015The importance of soil fertility during dairy expansionSean O'DonnellView Slides>>Read Paper>>
49.2014Harvesting the production potential of land - farm case studiesPJ Phelan

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49.2014Delivering farm productivity while sustaining water quality improvement - NAP 2013 - 2017 Jack Nolan

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49.2014Potential to optimise fertiliser N inputs based on soil N supplyDavid wall, Noeleen McDonald and Stan Lalor, Teagasc, Johnstown CastleView>>Read Paper>>
48.2013The Impact of Achieving Targets set out in Food Harvest 2020 on Nitrogen and Phosphorus UsageDr. Noel CulletonView>>Read Paper>>
48.2013Maintain Optimum Soil Fertility - Focus on OfftakeStan Lalor, David Wall, and Mark Plunkett. TeagascView>>Read Paper>>
48.2013Recent technological developments in fertilizer spreadingEmmanuel Piron and Denis Miclet. Irstea, France.Read Paper>>
47.2012Food Harvest 2020 and the Demand for FertilizerT. Donnellan, K. Hanrahan and S. Lalor, TeagascView>>Read Paper>>
47.2012The Importance of Sulphur in a Balanced Fertilizer StrategyJerry McHoul.

Technical Manager, K + S UK & Eire Ltd.
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47.2012Using Soil Test Results for Soil Fertility ManagementMark Plunkett.

Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist, Teagasc
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47.2012Summer Tour 2011 - PolandCourtesy of Jerry McHoulView>>
46.2011Changes in Nitrates RegulationsW. Callanan,

Dept. of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
46.2011Fertilizer Spreading - getting the mechanics rightDermot Forristal Teagasc, Oak ParkView>>View>>
46.2011The importance of liming and soil pHB Brogden, Independent Consultant, UKView>>View>>
45.2010The Importance of Potassium in Soils and PlantsA.E. (Johnny) Johnston Rothamsted Research, UKView>>View>>
45.2010The Agricultural Catchments Programme - Measuring Change on Irish FarmsGer Shortle, Prof. Phil Jordan and Dr. Cathal Buckley

Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc
45.2010Nitrogen Use Efficiency - Best Management PracticesCatherine J. Watson and Ronnie J. Laughlin Agri - Food & Biosciences Institute, BelfastView>>View>>
44.2009World Fertilizer Markets - Future prospects, Supply & DemandBernard Brettnall,

Fertilizer & Chemical Consultancy Ltd., UK
44.2009Grassland management and fertilizer use on intensive dairy farmsBrendan Horan, Teagasc, MooreparkView>>View>>
44.2009Livestock health starts in the soilIan Robertson, The Glenside Group, ScotlandView>>View>>
44.2009Report of Summer Field Meeting, 17-19 June 2008, Germany.Anon, (Fertilizer Association of Ireland)View>>
43.2008Fertilizer use Guidelines for REPS 4Eugene Ryan, Head of REPS, Teagasc, Johnstown CastleView>>View>>
43.2008Nitrates Regulations, Cross Compliance, and DerogationsJack Nolan, Dept. of Agriculture, Food and FisheriesView>>View>>
43.2008Maximising value from K and Mg FertilizersJerry McHoul, Potash Limited, UKView>>View>>
43.2007Applying Fertiliser Nitrogen to Grassland in 2007James Humphreys, Teagasc, MooreparkView>>View>>
43.2007Phosphorus for Grassland : Maintaining productivity under Nitrates DirectiveRogier Schulte, Teagasc, Johnstown CastleView>>View>>
43.2007Fertiliser Controls under SPS Cross Compliance RequirementsAl Grogan, Dept of Agriculture and FoodView>>View>>
42.2005Financial Analysis of Fertiliser UseLiam Connolly and B Moran, TeagascView>>View>>
42.2005Manure management facilities on farms and their relevance to efficient nutrient useBernard Hyde & Owen T Carton, Teagasc, Johnstown Castle View>>View>>
42.2005Opportunities for biomass as fuelBernard Rice, Teagasc, OakparkView BroadBand(6 MB)>>View>>
41.2004 Temporal Trends in Soil-Test Phosphorus and P Recovery in Grassland Soils Michael Herlihy & Juliet McCarthy, TeagascView>>View>>
41.2004A survey of Fertilizer Use in Ireland for 2001 and 2002 and Some Comparisons with Teagasc Nutrient AdviceBrian Coulter, Teagasc.View>>View>>
41.2004Fertiliser Characteristics Brendan Barnes, IFMA and Tony Fortune, TeagascView>>
40.2003The Effects of Farm Management Practices on Soil Potassium Levels in Silage Fields on Dairy Farms Joe Murphy, Agri-Environmental ServicesView>>
40.2003Quantification of Nitrogen Sources for Grassland. Kay O'Connell, James Humphreys & Catherine WatsonView>>
40.2003Future Prospects for the Fertilizer Section in View of CAP Reform. Martin Varley, ICOSView>>
39.2002Nitrogen Losses in Relation to Soil Type.Michael Ryan, TeagascView>>
39.2002Prospective Impact of Environmental Regulations and Other Policies on Fertilizer Use in Ireland. Kieran McQuinn, Mr Brendan Riordan & Ms Breda LalleyView>>
39.2002Availability of Nitrogen in Arable Soils - a Perspective. Michael HerlihyView>>
38.2000/01Water Quality Regulations - The Key Role of Nutrient Management. Sean Regan, TeagascView>>
38.2000/01Fertilizers - Benefits to Society. Jim O'GradyView>>
38.2000/01Preliminary Report on Organic Dairying. Noel Culleton, TeagascView>>
38.2000/01Beneficial effects of Sulphur Fertilization on Agricultural Crops and Some Implications for Livestock Nutrition.Matthew D. Murphy, TeagascView>>
38.2000/01Greenhouse Gases - Implications for Agriculture. Paddy Drennan, DoAFRDView>>
38.2000/01The Development of Agronomic Advice on the Use of Nutrients and Trace Elements for Grassland and Tillage Crops. Brian CoulterView>>
37.1998/1999The Irish Fertilizer Industry-A ReviewJohn Leonard, Grassland Fertilizers Ltd.View>>
37.1998/1999Potash-The Cinderella NutrientJohn Hollies, Potash Development Assoc, UK.View>>
37.1998/1999Transbouny Pollutants and Measures to Control ThemPaddy Drennan. Dept of AgricultureView>>
37.1998/1999Nitrogen--A Review.A.J Johnson.View>>
37.1998/1999Lime in Irish Agriculture.Noel Culleton. Teagasc.

W.Murphy. Teagasc

B Coulter. Teagasc
37.1998/1999Grassland Management-effect on Herd Performance.Pat Dillon Moorepark,

Michael O'Donavan Moorepark
36.1996/97New Developments in the Fertilizer IndustryIngrid Steen.

Group AgronomistKemira.
36.1996/97Phosphorous in the Irish Ecosystem – Taking StockM.A. Morgan U.C.D.View>>
36.1996/97Irish Agriculture – Looking to the Future.J.F O’Grady.

IAWS Group.
36.1996/97Optimising Fertilizer Nitrogen Use in Winter Wheat ProductionTom McCabe, UCD Lyons Research Farm.View>>
35.1994/95Strategies for Nitrogen Usage in REPS.Noel Culleton, W. Murphy.No. 35 1994_95_1 (Culleton_Strategies for nitrogen use in REPS)
35.1994/95Impact of REPS on Fertiliser Use.Frank Rath. Dept of AgricultureNo. 35 1994_95_2 (Rath_Impact of REPS on fertilizer use)
35.1994/95A Changing Fertilizer Industry.Tom Jago.

President EFMA
No. 35 1994_95_3 (Jago_A changing fertilizer industry)
35.1994/95Factors Affecting Fertilizer Spread PatternsR.A. Fortune .Teagasc.No. 35 1994_95_4 (Fortune_Factors affecting fertilizer spread patterns)
35.1994/95Good Fertilizer Practice – A Farmer ViewMick Magan

President Grassland Assoc
No. 35 1994_95_5 (Magan_Good fertilizer practice a farmer view)
34.1993Extended Grazing A Major DevelopmentMyles Rath. U.C.D.No. 34 1993_1 (Rath_Extended Grazing A Major Development)
34.1993Agriculture – Reports of its Demise Greatly Exaggerated.Brendan Kearney. Consultant.No. 34 1993_2 (Kearney_Agriculture - Reports of its Demise Greatly Exaggerated))
34.1993Sustainable AgricultureNoel Culleton. Teagasc.No. 34 1993_3 (Culleton_Sustainable Agriculture)
33.1992Recent Development in Trace Elements in Irish AgricultureFS MacNaeidhe. TeagascView>>
33.1992Agriculture in the Irish Economy 1970-1990.A Leavy TeagascView>>
33.1992Magnesium in Irish Agriculture : A ReviewM.A. MorganView>>
32.1991Implications of CAP Reform Proposals for Inputs Use In Irish Agriculture. K. Reidy.Read Paper>>
32.1991A Review of Sulphur Use in Irish Agriculture.M.D. Murphy. TeagascRead Paper>>
31.1990Nitrogen in Crops and in the EnvironmentRJ Stevens. DANI.View>>
31.1990Trends and Implications of Fertiliser Phosphorus Use in IrelandH. Tunney. TeagascView>>
30.1989Developments of Fertiliser Use in Western EuropePFJ Van Burg.No. 30 1989 (Van Burg and Dempsey)
30.1989Irish Food Production in the Year 2000Mathew Dempsey.

Farmers Journal.
No. 30 1989 (Van Burg and Dempsey)
29.1988 Experience in the Growing of Tillage CropsJ McCarthy. Farmer.View>>
29.1988Trace Elements in Agriculture – Some Current Aspects And Future Developments.G.A. Fleming.View>>
28.1987Fertiliser Use SurveyW.E. Murphy.

WF O’Keeffe
28.1987Nitrate Levels in River Waters in the South-East of IrelandMichael Neill.View>>
28.1987Fertiliser Use and Growth in Farm Output 1970-1980LT Stafford. IFIView>>
27.1986Fertilising for Quality ProduceT.F. Gately. TeagascView>>
27.1986Quality Production at Farm LevelAnthony Byrne.View>>
27.1986Markets for Quality Beef.Michael Deely. Bord BiaView>>
26.1985Some Future Prospects for Expansion in Fertilizer UseD.P. Collins.View>>
26.1984Some Current Concepts Underlying Nutrients Acquisition and Utilisation by Crops.WA Jackson & MA MorganView>>
25.1984Optimising the Returns from Fertiliser in the Period of Tight Margin at Farm Level. Gerry Cronin.View>>
25.1984Some Current Concepts Underlying Nutrient Acquisition and Utilisation by Crops.WA Jackson & MA MorganView>>
24.1983Fertiliser Use Survey 1981-1982W.E Murphy & W.F. O'KeefeView>>
24.1983An Assessment of the Impact of current fertiliser use on water quality in IrelandM.A. MorganView>>
24.1983Pollution Aspects of Farm Wastes Marie SherwoodView>>
23.1983 The Scenario for Fertiliser UseB.C. KearneyNo. 23 1983_1 (Kearney_The Scenario for fertiliser use)
23.1983 Practical Aspects of Fertiliser Use J. McCullen. FarmerNo. 23 1983_2 (McCullen_Practical aspects of fertiliser use)
23.1983 The Role of Fertilizer in Maximising Output on Small Farms J. O’Mahony.No. 23 1983_3 (O'Mahoney_Role of Fertiliser in Maximising Output on small farms)
23.1983 Co-operation for Agricultural DevelopmentT. WalshNo. 23 1983_4 (Walsh_Cooperation for agricultural development)
22.1982Dairymaid – An Analysis of Practical Farmer Experience in Profitable Dairying. Denis Madigan. ICIView>>
21.1982 A Review of the Economics of Fertiliser UseB.C. KearneyNo. 21 1982_1 (Kearney_A Review of the Economics of Fertiliser Use)
21.1982Fertiliser Use for DairyingD. MacCarthyNo. 21 1982_2 (MacCarthy_Fertiliser Use for Dairying)
20.1981Trends in Soil Fertility in the Republic of Ireland J. C. Brogan,

O.D. Kelly,

& W.F. O’Keeffe.
19.1980‘Fertiliser Handling and Distribution’. JE Leonard.

Grassland Fertiliser.
18.1980 The Economics of Fertiliser Use, 1980 B. Kearney & G Boyle.
17.1979 Alternative Methods of Forecasting the Demand Fertilizers in Ireland.G. Boyle.View>>
16.1979Urea Behaviour in Soils and its Implications for Irish Agriculture P O’Toole & MA MorganNo. 16 1979_1 (OToole_Urea behaviour in soils)
15.1978Trace Elements in Irish Agriculture Fertiliser – use surveyGA FlemingView>>
14.1978Fertiliser Use Surveys, 1972,74, & 75. W.E. Murphy.View>>
14.1978The Economics of Fertilizer UseBrendan KearneyView>>
13.1977The Demand for Fertilisers in Ireland - Past and FutureJohn A. MurphyView>>
12.1976Grain in a Balanced Agriculture EconomyP.A. SpillaneView>>
11.1976 Nitrogen on Grassland for Beef Production D.P. Collins & B HickeyNo. 11 1976_1 (Collins_Nitrogen on Grassland for Beef Production)
10.1975 Beef Production – Present and Future Aidan ConwayView>>
9.1972 Fertilisers, farming Practice, Water QualityG. Kolendbrander
8.1972 Potassium in Irish Farming Present and Future Peter A Blagden & Michael Ryan.TeagascView Papers >>
7.1973 Blueprint for Development of a new Intensive Cattle Feeding Industry in Ireland.TR CastenView>>
6.1971 Changing Patterns in Fertilizer Use PK Hanley & T WalshView>>
5.1971Liming Practice and Policy JC BroganView>>
4.1970Fertiliser Needs in the SeventiesJC BroganView>>
3.1969 The Economic Optimum Use of Fertilisers In Ireland JF HeaveyView>>
1.1968 Future Trends in the Use of Fertilizers

‘Fertiliser Use for Dairying’.
G. W. CookeView>>

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