3.3-4.3t yields for winter barley crops
As tillage farmers across the country make inroads into the harvest, Caitriona Murphy talked to the men on the combines last Thursday and Friday to find out how winter crops were yielding and the prospects for the spring crops still standing.
Paddy Harrington, minane Bridge, Co Cork
"I'm getting very high-quality grain in the Saffron winter barley and yields of about 3.6-3.7t/ac. Yields on the six-row Volume variety were a bit higher at 3.8t/ac. Moisture level was 17-18pc. I still have Cassia to cut and some more Saffron.
"The spring crops need more ripening. They are about three weeks away if temperatures stay low but if we get the heat they're talking about, it could come in a lot faster."
Tom Beausang, Youghal, Co Cork
"All my spring barely, for malting and for seed, is two weeks away yet. It was all set before St Patrick's Day. There seems to be some damage from aphids on crops along the Blackwater.
"When you walk through the crop, it's clammy and off-colour. It happened in 2002 as well in some of the early crops. They say it can affect yield by about 0.2t/ac but it's starting to ripen into a more golden colour now so hopefully it won't have too much of an effect.
"Input prices are gone up from €170/ac last year to €230/ac this year, so prices will have to take account of that. Diesel was the biggest difference."