Harvesting up to late September envisaged

Michael Doran, Fermoy, working for haulier Tony Doyle, Glanmire, with grain grower Michael McGrath, Shanagarry, Midleton, Co Cork, securing a load of 60 straw bales for delivery to Hallissey Livestock Exports, Killarney, Co Kerry.

Grain crops are slow to ripen, and farmers predict it will be late September before the main cereal harvest is complete.

However, completion of the winter barley harvest has resulted in an estimated yield average of 3.9t/acre, but varying from 3t to 4.9t.

According to IFA, oil seed rape yields are up on last season, averaging close to 1.9t/acre, and winter oats yields are respectable.

However, farmers have spring barley concerns, although only some early sown spring malting barley crops have been cut yet, not enough to give a yield indication. Proteins so far have been excellent, from 7% to the low 9s.

IFA said dried barley prices ranged late last week from 168 to 172/t for November collection, with wheat 10-12 over barley.

Deals on green barley at 20% moisture (excluding VAT) were reported at €138-146/t, with free haulage of larger lots.

Some early harvested wheat traded as high as €165/t green, according to IFA.

Increased interest in straw was attributed to improved weather, and many growers having turned on the choppers, which has stimulated demand.


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