Harvesting starts with 4t/ac barley
Winter barley yields of 3-4t/ac, at 16-19pc moisture, were recorded by the few farmers who were able to start harvesting last week.
The crops were mainly on light soils and grain quality was good, at 66-69kph, according to Teagasc.
However, for the majority of growers, harvesting of winter crops is running seven or 10 days late and the lower temperatures forecast for this week will certainly push it back into the last week of this month.
This year's harvest is expected to reach 2.2m tonnes, up 10pc on last year, the Teagasc tillage specialists have predicted.
The total area planted to cereals is up almost 7pc, or an additional 19,000ha, compared with last year. The increase is driven mainly by the increase in winter wheat area (up 25pc) and barley area (up 21.5pc).
Pricing is also on a go-slow, with buyers and sellers watching fluctuations on international markets.
However, broker prices for Irish new-crop grain prices finished last week stronger than they started. October prices for dried wheat and barley rose from €188/t and €193/t respectively early last week up to €195-196/t for both.
Industry commentators say weather events around the world and concerns about the US maize crop in the forecasted high temperatures will continue to be the main driver of feed grain prices in the coming weeks.