Background

With our reputation as the Emerald Isle precious, most of us do not give grass much thought. But with the recent fodder crisis and high agricultural industry growth targets set for 2020, growing the nation’s most important crop has become very serious business. Stuart Green, a remote sensing specialist at Teagasc’s research facility in Ashtown, tells Kathriona how we are now using NASA and the ESA’s satellite technology to monitor grass growth using infra-red technology. It’s a research project that quite literally involves watching grass grow!!