Cereal harvest hits 23-year low
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.