- 12 September 2012
As part of the Centenary Celebrations for the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, (CAFRE) a horticulture event comprising a trade exhibition with seminars, working demonstrations and tours will take place on 19 September, at Greenmount Campus, Antrim, entitled ‘Horticulture 2012’. The programme will cover a wide range of topics directed at the amenity and commercial horticulture sectors.
We are fortunate that Mike Daly, a skilled agronomist with great experience of plant nutrition, has accepted an invitation to speak at this event. Mike will deliver three sessions; on sports turf nutrition, fertilising for field vegetables and soluble feeding of protected crops. Mike was formerly senior agronomist for Kemira speciality crop fertilisers and then technical marketing manager for William Sinclair Horticulture Ltd. He now runs his own consultancy, ‘The Agrology House.’
Many local growers already have reason to be grateful to Mike Daly, although they may not have been aware of his role. Mike developed Kemira’s ‘Ferticare’ feed, which is in daily use on local strawberry farms. At ‘Horticulture 2012’ he will explain how knowledge of soft fruit feeding has moved on in recent years. Topics for vegetable growers will include the pros and cons of banding fertiliser applications, and for sports turf, the different forms of nitrogen nutrition.
Those attending will also be able to join guided tours and demonstrations, scheduled at intervals throughout the day, around Greenmount Campus. If you are interested in seeing super fruits, sports turf management, landscaping skills, demonstrations of popular cut flowers suitable for local production, amenity machinery or a vertical planting of flowers, a programme of guided tours will be available during the ‘Horticulture 2012’ event.