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IFA Malting Barley Committee Chairman Mark Browne said IFA has met Boortmalt to review this year’s harvest and negotiate a revised deal for the 2019 crop.

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Global total grains production is expected to show a second consecutive annual decline in 2018/19, to 2,063m t, down 1% year on year. Led by reduced harvests in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, the global wheat harvest is seen falling (-42m t) for the first time in six years, while barley output could be the lowest since 2012/13.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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