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
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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.