Infectious optimism needs dose of caution
The news that combine sales are up 50pc to smash last year's 10-year high is as strong an indicator of the levels of optimism in the tillage sector as you are likely to find.
But the optimism is spread over a much broader base in the agriculture sector at the moment.
Tractor sales are also up, with more tractors sold so far this year than in the whole of 2010.
At over €100,000 a pop for many tractors and €200,000 in the case of combines, these are not insignificant purchases.
We're also hearing of dairy farmers shelling out six-figure sums on industrial-unit style sheds to expand their operations.
Land, too, is moving at a lively pace. Parcels are making €12,000-13,000/ac again, prices that used to be known as Celtic Tiger prices.
It seems the amount of land changing hands at auctions is only the tip of the iceberg.
Blocks of anywhere from 20ac to 50ac are changing hands in private deals around the country on a weekly basis.