Long-term viability of tillage under threat: IFA
Growers facing 'very challenging' year
Grain prices are expected to remain volatile, as weather continues to threaten harvest prospects.
Many tillage farmers report they are a fortnight behind on last year, due to the "stop start" harvest as they dodge the rains across the southern half of the country.
Early reports on the yield are strong, but many have cautioned that it will take several more days of cutting to provide accurate reports.
Farmer and contractor Ted O'Leary, from Conna, Co Cork, recorded yields of around 4t/ac in a crop of Cassia Leibniz winter barley. "It looks like an average harvest," he said. "We've a few good yields. It is a stop start harvest we haven't got two straight days in a row. We've a couple of four tonnes but we haven't got into the bulk of it yet. We haven't cut most of our good land yet. We're still two weeks behind."
However, the initial quality reports from the south are strong, with bushel weights from 66kph to 72kph on dried samples.
"We've recorded 17 or 18pc moisture," said Mr O'Leary with up to 600ac of winter barley left to cut.
Recent trade saw new crop Irish dried wheat prices rally midweek to €192 to €194/t, but they fell back to €190/t by the end of last week.