But don't underestimate the change in work practice necessary to carry out a big proportion of the harvest so early in the season.
Straw sales in particular will come under pressure with this change and may well be the Achilles heel of the increased winter barley acreage this year.
There is a big carry-over of straw from last year, fodder levels are good as a result of good weather for silage and hay making, and there will be an unusual bubble of straw early in the season that could easily distort the market.
I'm never a fan of chopping straw as a standard management practice. Straw is, over time, a valuable commodity with many potential uses and the argument put forward for recycling of nutrients is slightly perplexing. If the recycling of nutrients is so important, why not leave the grain in the field while you're at it?
However, there are instances when chopping straw may be of benefit and if straw sales are extremely sluggish over the next few weeks, just because a few years ago barley straw was very valuable and sought after is no reason to push unwanted product onto a soft market.
Tough decisions might have to be made and better to make the decision early at cutting time rather than have to deal with unwanted swathes or worse, unwanted bales, later on. Winter wheat straw could be a different proposition.
The winter wheat straw market is underpinned by the demand for mushroom compost production.
The dramatic reduction in winter wheat acreage this year will have a bearing on availability of straw for that market.
Barley cannot be substituted for wheat straw and while there are plenty of straw reeks still evident from last year's harvest, which will no doubt dampen enthusiasm for new crop straw, the quality of this is deteriorating and it might be a long time before the 2016 winter wheat straw comes available.
But like a lot of outlets, it shouldn't be the growers role to shoulder the burden of risk that the market will improve later in the year. Market your straw carefully and if market sentiment is not good, chop it and move on.
Only chop straw on land with a secure tenure, don't leave any potential benefit for someone else to get the benefit from.
The new kid in town, field beans have taken on a particularly luxuriant complexion in the warm broken weather of the last few weeks.
One little critter that has taken a particular shine to these healthy crops is the black bean aphid.
It can be frightening to see how they colonise an individual plant, to the point that the plant nearly falls over with the weight of aphids on it. The cold weather in spring and early summer has delayed the development of natural predators of aphids so they have a free run of it at the moment.
The rule of thumb of 5pc of plants infected before taking action is not a particularly useful guide at field level. There are many things to consider before action is warranted.
Crops are still flowering so a selective aphicide such as Pirimicarb is necessary to reduce the effect on the unsung heroes of the field, bees. Spraying late in the evening will also reduce impact.
One aspect that must be considered is the physical damage to the crop that will undoubtedly occur from spraying, particularly as crops are very brittle from the rapid growth experienced in the last few weeks.
Bear in mind that aphid populations can often suddenly collapse by themselves with a change in the weather, competition among themselves for nutrients or natural predation. In short, monitor carefully for a while before deciding on action, or inaction, as the case may be.
Dr Richard Hackett is a Dublin based agronomist and member of the ACA