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A bumper harvest is predicted across the EU.

A bumper harvest is predicted across the EU.

A bumper harvest is predicted across the EU.

A bumper harvest is being predicted across the EU, with yields up by nearly 7m tonnes, despite the total planted area being marginally down.

The biggest increases, according to the latest figures from the EU farm organisation, Copa-Cogeca, are in two of the smallest crops, triticale and sorghum, which are up by 16pc and 22pc respectively.

However, of more concern to Irish grain growers is the 5pc increase in projected wheat production, along with a 7pc increase in maize production.

An 8pc drop in barley production may help offset some of the potential surplus.

The same survey indicates that overall grain production in Ireland will be almost 100,000t less this year compared to 2013, due to a 7.5pc drop in area planted here.

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