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Crop Trials

Drummonds operate their their own independent arable trials programme, focusing on cereals and oilseed rape. The trials are fully replicated and professionaly managed and are used to test the complete range of commercialy available cereal and oilseed varieties. They also act to evaluate new lines of cereals and oilseeds submited to us by EU plant breeders, their performance is evaluated prior to submission into the official Department of Agriculture testing programmes.

Drummonds Crop Trials
Drummonds Crop Trials
Drummonds Crop Trials

The trials evaluate a full range of husbandry factors including
Establishment techniques
Seed treatments
Optimum seeding rates
Crop nutrition
Plant growth regulation
Fungicide and herbicide performance

We have over 150 varieties of cereals on trial each year. We use replicated plots to give us accurate results. The information obtained from these plots are invaluable to our agronomists as it helps to identify different variety traits such as, straw height, straw strength and disease susceptibly. Armed with this information our team can confidently advise growers how to maximise yields from their crops.
Drummonds trials, together with DAFM and HGCA multi site data, form the basis of our agronomy service for growers. Growers are always welcome to visit our trial site, this can be arranged by contacting any of the staff at the our Drogheda office.

Trial Site

Drummonds are the only independent merchant in Ireland with their own dedicated trial site. We use this trial site to avail our agronomists and customers full access to the newest technologies in terms of cereal and OSR varieties, along with the newest chemistry available to tillage farmers in terms of fungicides and herbicides.

Drummonds Trial Site

Drummonds have been the leaders in OSR production in Ireland for two decades. At present we have 25 varieties in trial. We have used different methods of sowing to see what works best in the north east. Our OSR trials also include a number of nutrition trials. These trials will show optimum timing for major and trace elements at different growth stages of OSR throughout the year. We also conduct trials on different methods of canopy management. Again all these trials are aimed at our agronomy team making to most informed decisions while out in the field.

Drummonds also have a full barley and wheat replicated fungicide trial site. All new and old chemistry is tested side by side with full statistical results produced at the end of the year. These trials are based around our own commercial fungicide programmes using different rates and timings to identify the most cost effective programmes to produce top results for our growers.


Farm Walk

At various times during the season we hold Farm Walks/Technical Information Evenings to give our clients up to the minute information on issues relating to the various growing crops.

Drummonds Farm Walk


Our agronomists together with relevant specialists will discuss key aspects of our research along with the cropping technologies which are delivering beneficial results for growers.

Further Information

If you have any queries or suggestions for items to be included in our Crop Trials or Farm Walks
just call one of our Drummonds Technical advisors who will be delighted to help.
Head Office Clonee
Tel: 01-8255 011