Yields down, but progress on track in Northern Ireland

Farmers had cut 30-40% of their spring barley in Northern Ireland, according to Philip Davidson of merchant North Down Grain.

“That’s about normal – hopefully if the fine weather continues we should be finished in a week or two.”

Winter barley crops had yielded about 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) – about 15% below a good year, said Mr Davidson. Winter wheat yields were about 18% down, at around 8t/ha (3.25t/acre), and spring barley was also proving disappointing, at 4.9-5.6t/ha (2-2.25t/acre).

“Quality is very variable – but not as bad as we’d feared,” said Mr Davidson. “And the price is definitely offsetting the disappointing yields.”

  • Crop: Winter barley
  • Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

 

  • Crop: Winter wheat
  • Yield: 8t/ha (3.25t/acre)

 

  • Crop: Spring barley
  • Yield: 4.9-5.6t/ha (2-2.25t/acre)

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