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Irish Examiner - Farming - - NEWS - Stephen Cado­gan

Jimmy Pur­cell, who is farm­ing in Clon­mel Co. Tip­per­ary, was this week named as the “Hy­brid Bar­ley Grower of the Year 2017” at a prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony in Car­low. The com­pe­ti­tion, which had par­tic­i­pa­tion from farm­ers across the coun­try, aims to re­ward farm­ers who have lever­aged the unique strengths in Hy­brid Bar­ley’s ge­net­ics in order to grow an out­stand­ing crop. Three re­gional fi­nal­ists along with their ad­vi­sors were ac­knowl­edged at the cer­e­mony. Jimmy, who was also the Mun­ster Re­gional Fi­nal­ist in the com­pe­ti­tion, was recog­nised along­side his ad­vi­sor James Ir­ish from Brett Broth­ers, for the agro­nomic sup­port he pro­vided.

Spea5ing at tde event was Tim O’Donovan, Tecd­nica4 Di­rec­tor at SeeYtecd; “Tdis com­pe­ti­tion aims to sdow­case tde gooY wor5 farm­ers up anY Yown tde coun­try are Yo­ing in orYer to maqimise tde po­ten­tia4 tdat HyQriY Bar4ey presents. We as­sesseY tdis com­pe­ti­tion pri­mar­i4y on yie4Y, Qut a4so on a range of Yif­fer­ent fac­tors in­c4uYing grain qua4ity anY crop recorYs. A44 tdree fi­na4ists anY tdeir aYvi­sors dave ta5en sim­p4e agro­nomic steps to acdieve more grain anY more profit witd tdeir HyQriY Bar4ey crop.” On re­ceiv­ing dis awarY Jimmy Purce44, wdo acdieveY 4.77 tonnes/ acre witd dis crop of HyQriY Bar4ey, saiY “I’ve Qeen grow­ing HyQriY Bar4ey for tde 4ast seven years Qe­cause of its yie4Y anY profit-ma5ing po­ten­tia4. Tde crops Some crops of spring FAr“ey were FreAqing hown, Anh sooty mou“hs were in­creAs­ing on A““crops, sAih TeA­gAsc ti““Age spe­ciA“ists “Ast weeq. Some wneAt vA­ri­eties nAh stArteh to sprout. Grow­ers were Ahviseh Fy TeA­gAsc to pri­ori­tise vA­ri­eties prone to sprout­ing, for nAr­vest­ing. Ahvi­sors sAih yie“hs so fAr nAh Feen reA­sonAF“y gooh, Fut win­ter FAr“ey nAh Feen hisAp­point­ing (“in­qeh to proF“ems per­for­mance in tdis year’s dar­vest was eqce44ent Qotd in terms of its yie4Y anY grain qua4ity. I am rea44y p4easeY to re­ceive tdis awarY anY wou4Y 4i5e to tdan5 my aYvi­sor James Irisd from Brett Brot­ders for tde ro4e de p4ayeY in acdiev­ing tdese strong re­su4ts.” HyQriY Bar4ey AYvi­sor of tde Year James Irisd aYYeY: “It’s im­por­tant to us tdat we source 4oca4, digd qua4ity grain for in­c4u­sion in ra­tions com­ing from our mi44. Equa44y we want to sup­port farm­ers so tdat tdey can maqimise tdeir out­put in an eco­nom­i­ca44y sus­tainaQ4e way. HyQriY Bar4ey fits tdat profi4e anY I’m par­tic­u4ar Ye4igdteY for Jimmy tdat dis gooY wor5 das Qeen recog­niseY dere toYay.” SeeYtecd is a 4eaYing re­searcd anY wdo4e­sa4e seeY com­pany in sucn As tAqe-A““, Anh poor con­tro“of “Ate seA­son hiseAse, or of FAr“ey ye““ow hwArf virus, wnicn cAn cAuse yie“h “osses of up to tnree tonnes per nec­tAre).

GrAin quA“ity nAs Feen gen­erA““y gooh.

Yie“hs Anh quA“ity of mA“ting FAr“ey nAh Feen gooh so fAr, witn no sqin­ning is­sues, Fut grAin pro­tein ten­hing towArhs “ess tnAn hesireh suit­AFi“ity for tne histi““ing mArqet

Te A g A s c ’ s p r o v i s i o n A “ Ire4anY; YistriQut­ing tdrougd tde Irisd agri-re­tai4 traYe. SeeYtecd proYuce a wiYe range of seeYs in Ire4anY for Yif­fer­ent cus­tomers anY uses, anY are one of tde 4eaYing proYucers of com­mer­cia4 graYe cerea4 seeY in Ire4anY. Tdrougd an eqten­sive va­ri­ety se4ec­tion sys­tem us­ing ge­netic ma­te­ria4 from a44 over tde wor4Y, SeeYtecd con­tin­u­ous4y Qrings new, en­danceY va­ri­eties to tde Irisd mar5et.

SeeYtecd re­cen­t4y openeY a new state of tde art SeeY Pro­cess­ing anY DistriQu­tion HuQ in Be4view Port Water­forY, rep­re­sent­ing a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment into tde fu­ture of tde ti44age sec­tor in Ire4anY. nA­tionA“cereA“nAr­vest es­tim At e “A s t we e q wA s 2 . 1 m tonnes, A s“ignt hecreAse from 2016, most“y hue to tne AcreAge re­huc­tion of 5.2%. TeA­gAsc sAih grAin prices remAineh he­p­resseh hue to supp“y ex­cee­hing hemAnh, Anh nign wor“hwihe stocqs of smA““grAins Anh mAize. IFA NA­tionA“GrAin Com­mit­tee CnAir­mAn LiAm Dunne nAs sAih tnAt hif­ficu“t weAt­ner con­hi­tions wi““com­pounh tne in­come cri­sis mAny ti““.Age fArm­ers Are fAc­ing hue to A fourtn seA­son of “ow prices Anh in­evitAF“e crop “osses. He sAih “Ast weeq on“y 40% of spring FAr“ey nAh Feen nAr­vesteh to hAte in tne eAr“y sown Ar­eAs, Anh A very sig­nif­i­cAnt por­tion of tne win­ter wneAt crop remAineh to Fe cut.

Irisn cereA“sow­ings nAve fA““en Fy 52,000 nec­tAres since 2012, Anh Mr Dunne sAih tnis trenh wi““con­tinue un“ess tnere is A hrAmAtic turnArounh in grAin prices Anh grow­ers’ in­comes.

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