IFA President Joe Healy said that the Minister’s announcement this afternoon of a scheme to encourage farmers to plant fast growing fodder crops as a catch crop was welcome.
IFA Grain Committee Chairman Mark Browne has told Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed that the Government must halt the continued decline of the Irish tillage sector.
The persistent dry periods and hotter-than-usual conditions are constraining yield potentials. Yields of for winter cereals are down and forecasts for spring barley have been revised downwards.
Irish merchants are actively canvassing for green grain supplies due limited availability of grain and a reduction in projected yields.
IFA Grain Chairman Mark Browne has said that initial reports from Harvest ‘18 would suggest that yields are very variable across crops of winter barley.