Winter barley yields ‘very poor’ – Teagasc
This week, Teagasc released some yields from the winter barley harvest so far and as AgriLand has detailed over the past few weeks reports are mixed.
In the south-east and midlands harvest is well underway. In parts, some farmers are finishing off winter barley, while others started this week.
Early crops in the region performed very poorly and there has been little improvement as work progresses.
“Better yields were from ‘fresh fields’ in heavy soils, with organic manures applied,” the report stated.
Also in the south-east and midlands straw yields were reported to be back by about 50%. A small amount of winter oats and oilseed rape went under the knife, but it is too early for yield indications.
Teagasc reported yields of 9.5-11t/ha (3.8-4.5t/ac) in the south of the country with straw yields back by 20-25% on last year so far.
The report stated that there wasn’t enough data available to provide yield ranges from the north-west of the country.