10t/ha wheat crop bright spot in dif­fi­cult har­vest

Irish Examiner - Farming - - NEWS - Stephen Cado­gan

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.

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