Winter grain yields could still break all records
It may have been a cooler and wetter summer for most during 2015, but grain crops have thrived with record yields flagged for many winter cereals.
While a world record winter wheat yield of 6.7t/ac was set a few weeks ago in Lincolnshire, Irish growers have also been reporting up to 6t/ac from the first of the crop to be cut in the south last week.
Many of the better growers are reporting average yields of 5.1-5.5t/ac, according to Teagasc's Michael Hennessy.
"The cool year with lots of water availability during July really suited the crop, and I think this year's yields could beat anything we've seen for the last 20 years," he said.
The grain specialist also believes that winter barley averages of 4.1-4.4t/ac will equal, if not better, previous records.
"Two-row crops were yielding 5.1-5.3t/ac in Oak Park, with superb hectolitre weights in the seventies. That's equivalent to wheat, and up to 10 points better than the six-row varieties," said Mr Hennessy.
However, bumper crops both here and on the Continent have depressed prices further to €135-140/t for green barley, with just €5-10/t extra for wheat off the combine. Dried prices are €20/t higher.