Yields from harvest hit best levels in 20 years
Published 01/11/2011 | 05:00
This year's harvest broke 20-year records for yields, Teagasc has announced.
Irish tillage farmers recorded the highest national yields in more than two decades for barley, wheat and oats, according to the latest estimates.
Figures for the year show that average crop yields increased by as much as 1.3t/ha between last year and this, resulting in a bumper harvest.
Winter barley, spring barley and winter wheat were by far the best performers in the national harvest of 2.4 million tonnes of grain.
Winter wheat yields also increased by 1.3t/ha, going from 8.9t/ha to 10.2t/ha this year.
The average yield for winter barley increased by 0.5t/ha, going from 8.5t/ha last year to 9t/ha this year, while spring barley yields rose from 6.7t/ha to 7.5t/ha in the past 12 months.
Spring oats also exceeded expectations, with average yields of 7.9t/ha this year, compared to 7.2t/ha last year.
Total harvest grain production reached more than 2.4m tonnes, an increase of 362,000t over last year's harvest.