It was all hands on deck at the end of a long drawn out harvest
Every year the harvest has its ups and downs and this year was no different. What was different this year was the length of time that it took for us to harvest.
We started to cut winter barley at the end of July and we were still cutting winter wheat in the second week of September. It seemed to drag out much longer than normal, because of all the showers during August.
There were other farmers driving around for sport in Kildare. No sooner than they would arrive in a field, the heavens would open and off they would go to another field for the same thing to happen there.
It's very frustrating to spend your day running around from field to field and get nothing done.
When the weather did finally give us, and the rest of the parish, a run at the harvest it was a convoy of tractors and trailers up and down the roads. Empty yards were suddenly bursting with grain. The lads following with balers would need to clone themselves to cover all the fields that needed baling.
Everyone was cutting the same few days and it was all hands on deck.
I have heard about this year's record yields and bumper crops, but we weren't as lucky as some. In general the yields were up on the last couple of years.
The six row winter barley, Meridan, was a cracking crop, reaching the 5t/ac green. The other winter barleys (two row) Cassia and Tower didn't do as well at 4.5t/ac green. We cut them all, at about 18pc moisture.