LGBTI funding secured for Donegal Youth Service

first_imgMinister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has praised the work of Donegal Youth Service after securing a grant for work with young people on LGBTI+ issues.The funding has been secured under the LGBTI+ Capacity Building initiatives for professional service providers who deal with young people.“Donegal Youth Service has been doing tremendous work with the young people of our county for a long time and it is great to see the organisation secure funding of €9,705,” Minister McHugh said. “Money like this is really vital to helping organisations like Donegal Youth Service to make a contribution to improving services and supports for young people.“It helps this Government to live up to its commitment to create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for LGBTI+ young people. I want to thank all the staff and volunteers involved in Donegal Youth Service and particularly Lorraine Thompson for all her work at a regional level driving youth services and supports.“This funding is about trying to ensure safe, supportive and inclusive spaces for LGBTI+ young people and it will help provide training, mentoring, coaching, professional development and other initiatives to support young people.”LGBTI funding secured for Donegal Youth Service was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Diversity is the key to cover crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The most common use of cover crops among farmers is simply planting cereal rye after harvesting a cash crop in the fall. It is easy to plant just the cereal rye and be done, but cover crops are best used with a goal in mind.“You need to ask why you are planting it and what you want to accomplish from it,” said Rob Albers, the National Sales Manager at Center Seeds. “Diversity is a major component in being successful with cover crops. It adds more benefits than a simple monoculture stand.”An easy way to obtain a diversified cover crop is to use a mix of legumes, grasses, and brassicas. The legumes will produce organic nitrogen while the grasses and brassica scavenge nutrients and some brassicas are good for breaking up compaction. That combination will give a good stand, but an even better stand will have diversity within each of those three categories as well — several legumes, a few grasses, and a couple brassicas all in the same mix.To many, this type of mix can seem a little overwhelming. However, it is simple to accomplish and does not have to cost a fortune.“It’s the presence of the multispecies that’s important, not the poundage. Instead of drilling 60 pounds of straight cereal rye, you can break that up by putting in smaller amounts of cereal rye, oats, barley, annual ryegrass, winter peas, crimson clover, vetch, cowpeas, radish, and/or rapeseed,” Albers said.Diversification is proving to be increasingly important as the different root systems provide nutrients to the soil biology as well as absorbing different nutrients from the soil. Some roots will reach deeper into the soil profile whereas others will be more dense and fibrous, gathering nutrients from other parts of the soil. This is when the hyphae start interconnecting, which are important to extract nutrients to support growth in poor soils.Albers described this process as a spider spinning a web — the bigger their web, the more opportunity they have for food. That’s exactly what is happening under the soil surface when multiple plant species are grown together; the hyphae can extend for miles when they are receiving the proper nutrients from the soil and not disturbed by tillage.In order to figure out which combination would provide soils with the most benefit, the following questions need to be asked:• What will be planted next year? Some crops are more beneficial before a soybean crop and others before a corn crop.• Are there any herbicide issues or residuals? The cover crops to use may be limited or not even an option with the presence of residual herbicides.• In what time frame will the cover crops be planted? This will help decide if a warm or cool season crop should be planted and what crops will have the most benefit.Based on these simple questions, there is no general cover crop recommendation for every farm or every field. In a wet year like this, many people have started planting cover crops in July. Some warm season options for this early planting would be sorghum-sudangrass, pearl millet, Berseem clover, or sunn hemp as well as blends that include sorghum-sudan, radish, and sunn hemp or a blend with sorghum-sudan, sunn hemp, and buckwheat. Each of these can be seeded at a rate of about 15 to 20 pounds per acre, or even a little less, with a cost anywhere between $10 and $40 an acre depending on the seed and mixture.For later plantings in August or September, a few options would be annual ryegrass, cereal rye, spring oats, medium red clover, vetch, winter pea, radish, or rapeseed or a type of blend that includes some of those crops. The oats and rye will need to be planted a higher rate of 60 or more pounds per acre if they are not being mixed with another crop, and winter peas should be planted at a rate of 30 to 40 pounds per acre while the vetch can be planted at a rate of 10 to 20 pounds per acre. The other plants can be seeded at a rate lower than 10 pounds per acre. When these seeds are blended together, they can normally be planted at a lower rate of 15 to 20 pounds per acre and cost an average $10 to $45 an acre. Again, this is all depending on which seeds or mixtures are used.“To maximize the benefits, you have to know what you hope to accomplish with cover crops before planting them,” Albers said. “By adding diversity, you are simply increasing your odds of achieving those goals and seeing better results in your fields with cover crops.”last_img read more