Tillage men report yields of up to 4t/ac as harvesting rolls on
Harvesting of winter barley moved from Cork and Tipperary into parts of Wexford and Kilkenny over the weekend, with tillage growers reporting yields of up to 4t/ac.
Crops were described as excellent in quality, with bushel weights of up to 68kph for some six-row varieties and up to 72kph for two-row varieties.
Mallow-based grower George Love started cutting his six-row winter barley variety Armenia on Friday afternoon and recorded 3.7-3.8t/ac. This was at least 0.2t/ac better than the 2012 yield.
"Some of the crops look capable of doing 4t/ac," Mr Love said. "I expect it to bushel 67-68kph, which is very good for a six-row," he added.
In Tipperary, yields range from 3t/ac to 4t/ac, with two-rows busheling at 70-72kph and six rows doing 63-64kph.
Growers close to Cahir and Clonmel have recorded 3.5t/ac for the two-row Cassia and bushel weights of 68-72kph, while the six-rows have busheled at 62-67kph so far.
IFA tillage chairman Noel Delany said his crop yielded 3.5t/ac and busheled out at 66kph and 14pc moisture.
North Kilkenny grower Tim Sherman described his six-row Leibniz crop as yielding well at 3.5t/ac and 68kph. The moisture content was 14pc, the lowest in 30 years.