The Harvest Report revealed by Teagasc estimates that the manufacturing of cereals was 1.93 million tonnes in 2023. This represents a lower of 492,500 tonnes (20%) from harvest 2022. All cereal crop yields have been beneath the 5 12 months common on this climate disrupted season.
Complete cereal space decreased by 6.4% on 2022 however a report space of winter oilseed rape (20,500 hectares) and spring beans (14,900 hectares) have been planted for harvest 2023. When the elevated space of winter oilseed rape (+41%) and spring beans (+60%) are factored in, the general tillage space diminished by 2% when in comparison with 2022.
- Unfavourable climate at vital occasions had a damaging impact on cereal manufacturing in 2023.
- Moist climate throughout the vital planting months of October 2022 and March 2023 resulted in a beneath common space of winter cereals and delayed planting of spring cereals.
- Drought in June negatively affected the yield of late sown spring barley.
- July was the wettest on report at 12 Met Eireann climate stations which resulted in a really excessive stage of lodging in cereals, notably in spring barley.
- Damaged climate in August extended harvesting and a few spring cereals, primarily spring oats and barley stay unharvested.
Regardless of the tough harvest most feed grains are inside the required specification.
There was a big discount within the quantity of straw produced in 2023. A discount of 6.4% within the cereal space, decrease space of winter cereals, lodging and tough climate to avoid wasting straw are the principle causes for the decrease quantity of straw in 2023.
Teagasc Head of Crops Information Switch, Michael Hennessy commented: “The cropping 12 months main as much as the harvest of 2023 was very difficult with extreme rain and drought circumstances effecting the ultimate yield in lots of crops. The climate sample seem like much more unpredictable than regular and lots of farmers are asking if local weather change is already adversely affecting their companies.”
Autumn 2023 Plantings
The cereal space planted this autumn for harvest 2024, is estimated to be at its lowest stage since 2013 as a result of moist climate this autumn.
The autumn cropping estimates may improve for wheat and oats if appropriate climate circumstances come up for planting between now and mid-February. Nonetheless there’s a vital space to be replanted in some areas as a result of moist circumstances publish planting.