Concern grows for harvest as rain continues
Concern is mounting among tillage growers that the 2012 harvest could turn into little more than a salvage operation.
While prices on offer for grain continue to rise on both the world and domestic markets, the chances of growers benefiting are slipping further with every wet day.
Irish prices have lifted by up to €20/t in the past fortnight but the increase will be of little use to growers if their harvest yields are slashed.
Cereal yields are expected to take a hammering if the wet weather continues, while ground conditions are continuing to deteriorate every day.
IFA grain chairman Noel Delany said growers were becoming increasingly concerned as the incessant rain continued.
"Heavy rain coupled with a lack of sunshine and below normal temperatures is taking its toll on crops, impacting negatively on yields," he warned.
"Ground conditions are deteriorating rapidly and even if weather improves, many fields will be slow to dry as water tables are much higher than normal and many soils have reached field capacity."
Mr Delany added that unless there was a rapid turnaround in weather and soil conditions, many growers could be facing substantial losses and a potential salvage operation.