Agronomy

From Seed to Feed to Fork!

The business of agriculture begins with the science of soil and the science of crop production. Agronomy is the first link between soil and food production. Good management decisions and attention to detail in the field will lead to profitability, as the success of all crops is determined by their yield and quality.

Bretts adopt the most recent research and cutting edge technology to offer grain growers a first-class agronomy  service that is practical and environmentally sustainable.

Meet James, Our Agronomist

James Irish joined Bretts as our Agronomist in 2013. James’ primary degree is in Agricultural Science and he also completed a research Masters in Crop Science, in the area of innovation and support in farm advisory. During his Masters he developed a widely adopted machinery cost calculator. At this time he worked as part of the Teagasc Tillage Advisory team based at the home of the national centre for arable crops research in Oak Park.

James is a registered pesticide advisor with the Department of Agriculture, an accreditation that relates directly to standards in the pesticide and crop protection industry. Within his portfolio James advises grain growers on best practice to maximise crop yields in a cost effective way, with the least impact on the environment. As well as offering advice to our tillage farmers, James also has input into the Ruminant Support Team in the area of soil fertility and spray programmes to improve productivity of grassland.

In 2017 James won the prestigious Seedtech Hybrid Barley Advisor of the Year Award when Bretts customer  Jimmy Purcell won the Seedtech Hybrid Barley Grower of the Year award with his exceptional crop of 4.72 tons.

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