10t/ha wheat crop bright spot in difficult harvest
Winter wheat is a 10 tonnes per hectare crop this year, according to Teagasc’s provisional cereal harvest estimates. The predicted high yield would make winter wheat the second highest grain provider, despite winter barley’s larger 63,300 ha crop, compared to winter wheat’s 58,500 ha.
Grain tonnages are predicted to total 586,000t for winter wheat and 533,000t for winter barley (down 16% from last year).
With an 818,000t yield expected from the 111,100ha spring barley crop, total grain including oats is predicted to fall from 2,271,000t last year to 2,177,000t, after a grain acreage reduction of 5.2%. With prices depressed due to supply exceeding demand, and high worldwide stocks of small grains and maize, difficulties in completing the harvest of winter wheat and spring barley are adding to growers’ costs, and reducing yields.
Early this week, 15-25% of Co Cork grain was estimated to be still uncut, and the harvest was proving even slower further north.