Ce­real har­vest hits 23-year low

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS -

THE ce­real har­vest for 2018 is es­ti­mated to be the small­est since 1995, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures from Tea­gasc.

The over­all pro­duc­tion of ce­re­als for 2018 is es­ti­mated to be ap­prox­i­mately 1.8 mil­lion tonnes, down from 2.3 mil­lion tonnes in 2017.

This 500,000-tonne re­duc­tion from 2017 is sig­nif­i­cantly be­low the five-year rolling av­er­age of 2.3 mil­lion tonnes. It is the small­est recorded har­vest since 1995.

The fig­ures in Tea­gasc’s lat­est crops re­port also show that the to­tal ce­real area con­tin­ues to fall. The area of ce­re­als re­duced by 4.9pc in 2018 to 258,000 hectares from 271,700 hectares in 2017. In 2013 the to­tal ce­real area planted was 307,800 hectares.

Yields of all ce­re­als were be­low av­er­age as late plant­ing of spring crops and a sum­mer drought had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on crop yield.

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