Tillage farmers are in a 'race against time'
Warning that harvest may turn into a 'salvage operation'
Published 02/09/2015 | 02:30
Some tillage farmers are experiencing 'serious' financial and psychological pressures because of the poor progress on the harvest, the IFA has warned.
Many are now pinning their hopes on a high pressure weather system moving over the country this week.
The IFA's national grain chair Liam Dunne described it as a "tough week psychologically" for farmers after virtually no progress on the harvest.
"The only saving grace is that the majority of crops are not fully ripe and weather related losses so far are minimal with quality holding," he said.
Mr Dunne said each additional day lost over this week the situation will become more serious for tillage farmers.
"Many grain farmers are under serious financial pressure as prices for guys who hadn't forward sold earlier in the season, when prices were higher, will struggle to breakeven off their own land never mind off rented ground," he said.
"It is becoming a race against time at this stage as shortening days and poorer drying condition limit harvesting hours."
He warned it may turn into a "salvage operation" this week unless the weather settles as the high pressure system that was forecast moves over the country.