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Liam Leahy, Beef & Tillage Area Sales Manager in East Cork has recently reviewed the 2017 grain harvest with Seedtech. Liam made the point that in general quality has been good with very low moistures being recorded by Dairygold Agri Business who purchase over 120,000 tonnes of Irish Grain each year.
As the harvest draws to a close Liam explains that Winter Barley yields for the most part have been “disappointing” with an average of around 3.5 tonnes/acre being achieved in most areas. 3.7 t/ac was achieved, in parts, later on in the harvest.
Commenting in particular on the Hybrid Barley varieties Liam explained that they performed very well and had exceptional quality this year. These varieties performed especially well compared to older varieties from seven or eight years ago. Liam estimates that 6 row winter barley will bushel in the mid 60’s (KPH) this year.
Commenting briefly on Spring Barley he noted that the crop had an exceptional harvest in East/West Cork with yields in excess of 3 t/ac (range 2.75 to 4 tonnes). Quality again was excellent with 90% of malting varieties passing.
Spring Oats was also very good with an average of 3.3 t/ac and good KPH (bushel) scores.
On the Wheat front Liam describes Winter Wheat as “solid rather than exceptional” in the case of primary wheats with 4.5 t/ac being achieved in the main. Continuous and/or second wheats performed very well also, yielding between 3.75 to 4.25 t/ac. Spring Wheat was a major disappointment this harvest due to high levels of mildew during the growing season with yields averaging 2.6 to 2.8 t/ac.
Oilseed Rape also had a very good harvest with yields averaging 1.5 to 2.0 t/ac
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