We will be doing well to break even on spring barley
Harvest 2015 has started in Kildare and it's a really exciting time. The tractors and trailers are in full swing, up and down the road. The combine is in full flow and there is a great buzz around the place.
Before we got going it was like watching a player before a big match, he couldn't wait to get started. Once we pulled into the Meridian six-row barley and dropped the header Phil was in his element.
While I was sitting in the weighbridge shed, weighing the loads in and out, I started to have a look at the costs.
I was fully convinced that with the cold weather lasting as long as it did, combined with the low disease pressure, that we would have spent less than last year.
However, almost every crop had higher costs this year compared to last year.
One field had an extra €800 spent on it as it rained very soon after spraying and we had no choice but to spray it again.
Another big cost was both the chicken litter and chicken litter pellets. We included the total cost in this years crop as it will come out of this years cash flow.
However, in next year's crop we should see a benefit and a slight reduction of our fertiliser costs. We will have to wait and see if this turns out to be the case.