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Dairygold announces new Malting Barley Competition
Monday, 28th January
Addressing Dairygold’s Tillage Conference at the Corrin Event Centre, in Fermoy today, Head of Dairygold Agribusiness, Liam O Flaherty announced a minimum green contract price for Beans of €210 per tonne noting that the minimum price guarantee is a welcome step towards enhancing growers’ incomes. He also noted that Beans had multiple benefits in the wider farm crops rotation.
Mr. O’Flaherty went to announce the launch of Dairygold’s first Malting Barley competition to be run in conjunction with the Malting Company of Ireland. Welcoming the competition Mr. O’Flaherty said; “Tillage farmers are an essential part of Dairygold Co-Operative Society and its end to end supply chain. Cereal grains and beans from our farmers are a key source of supply for us and we are keen to highlight not only the excellent quality of our Malting Barley but also the sustainable systems that they operate and how they are protecting the environment for future generations.”
Andy Doyle, Tillage Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal told farmers; “Soya Beans have potential to be a crop for the future, but they are not field ready yet. While 2018 was a challenging year for the crop weather wised breeding is progressing rapidly allowing Soya to be grown further north and south each year at the lower temperatures.”
James Nolan, Senior Trader, R & H Hall addressed the factors impacting grain prices and noted that the coming season is going to be driven more by politics than potential yield with trade wars and Brexit all having a potentially adverse impact on grain prices. James also stated that stored volumes of “Old Crop” will reduce demand for 2019 wheat and barley but this could be mitigated by weather, politics or other factors.
Advising Malting Barley growers looking to avoid rejections at the weighbridge, Ciaran Collins Teagasc Tillage Specialist said; “High yielding crops with an early harvest date are more likely have lower rejection rates. The average acreage planted in 2018 fell by one third due to a lack of planting opportunities last spring.” Examining the profitability of different crop options for the 2019 harvest Mr Collins cited beans as one of the most profitable options available with ancillary break crop and soil health benefits.
Tracey Creasy a breeding expert from Syngenta in the UK also offered some future orientated insights stating; “Over the past 20 years we have seen great improvements in Irish malting barley varieties with improved yields, disease resistance and agronomic traits. Spring barley breeding has developed significantly over the past 15 years allowing breeders to be more responsive to market needs, environmental challenges and to produce more adapted varieties that are more profitable for growers.