Tillage farmers urged to take care of physical and mental health as they struggle with harvest
Tillage farmers have been urged to take care of their physical and mental health as they struggle to get the last of the cereals harvested and crops such as oilseed rape sown.
The poor weather of the last week has turned the end of the harvest into a salvage operation.
"There is huge pressure on lads at the moment, trying to get the last of the crops cut, straw saved and oilseed rape sown," the IFA's Liam Dunne explained.
"I have heard of farmers cutting into the night and then jumping on a seeder to get crops in before the rain. It's that sort of pressure that leads to accidents."
Between 20pc and 25pc of the harvest has still to be completed in Offaly, Westmeath, North Tipperary, Galway and Donegal.
In Meath, ground conditions have deteriorated over the last fortnight and a lot of spring barley has yet to be harvested.
Growers in the south and east of the country estimate that between 5pc and 10pc of the harvest remains to be cut.
One Cork grower said little of the bean harvest had been done in the county and plantings of oilseed rape had been severely disrupted by the heavy rains.