Highest ever winter barley yield
Tillage farmers banked the highest ever yield for their winter barley crops in 2013, Teagasc has confirmed.
The record crop checked in at 9.5t/ha, some 1.7t/ha better than the previous year.
The range of winter barley yields was from 7.1t/ha to 10.3t/ha.
Yields for all the main cereal crops were way above the five-year trend figures and the grain quality for all crops was excellent, with many wheat samples above 75kg/hl and barley above 70 kg/hl.
The overall production of cereals for this calendar year is estimated to be over 2.3m tonnes, up 10pc on the year previous, even though the total cereal area fell 4pc in 2013.
The total cereal harvest for 2012 was 2.125m tonnes, harvested from a total area of 314,500ha.
The national cereal area dropped to 302,200ha, mainly due to a 50,000ha drop in winter cereal area.
The largest reduction was in the winter wheat area (down 40,000 ha) with smaller reductions in winter barley (down 6,000 ha) and winter oats (down 4,000 ha).