Forward selling of the crop 2019 looks like a solid option

  • Forward selling of the crop 2019 looks like a solid option
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    This week will be a harvest completed in most areas. In fact, many growers of winter crops have finished their harvest in early August.

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This week will be a harvest completed in most areas. In fact, many growers of winter crops have finished their harvest in early August.

At this stage it is likely that only the grain crops, except maize and fodder beet, the rest is not very late in spring barley and beans.

It is very unlikely that this season – a very late spring with early harvest will be regularly repeated, but again to demonstrate the different problems that may face tillage farmers.

I heard of one case, beans sown in February and harvested in July. Most beans, even planted late, almost likely to be harvested in early September – not the best omen for productivity.

Later yields a harvest improved somewhat with many of the first varieties of wheat, especially after significant amounts of organic fertilizers, exclusively at over 5 tons per acre. Spring barley yield is also improved but still only an average of 2.2 to 2.6 t/AC.

Other crops, mostly late spring barley, should lead to a decrease in the average yield in General. Grain prices continue to rise and prices of straw just hard to believe.

Of course, it is good for the gardener and will help to keep the tillage business for another year. For those seeking producers who will be planting over the next few weeks, you should consider some forward selling of grain for future crops.

€200 plus for barley crops in 2019, growers will be able to get some comfort before the next year is likely to uncertainty.

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Prices on straw to soar across Europe, piling pressure on farmers cattle

Livestock and dairy farms across Northern Europe pay sky-high prices for wheat straw is used in food and bedding for livestock, as hot, dry weather in the region, reduces the yield.

PHH straw is now vital for effective land management, particularly weed control of various herbs.

Peeling and glyphosate treatments should be tailored to the weeds present. Cover crops, if a market were secured, must also be considered.

The incentive scheme Fodder €100 for forage crops or €155 for grass only makes sense if the market is closed and crops immediately sown.

There is no doubt that the price of the ration will exceed 300 euros per tonne next winter, and managed cover crops will be the cheapest for feeding available for livestock next winter.

Winter oil seed rape

Now it is time to consider planting winter rapeseed. Ideally, the crop should be planted in mid to late August and no later than September 10.

This is a very good crop and became more consistent in yield and profit over the past few years.

Unfortunately, prices are not consistent with the General trend in grain prices this year and although there were reasonable prices for the forward contracts offered last fall, at a price of €350 per tonne by 9pc this fall is slightly disappointing.

The average yield of 1.3 to just over 2T/AC were achieved at a reasonable average of about 1.7 t/C. Thus, the return is approximately €130/AC, except for straw, which this year increased to €120/extra speakers. It is very profitable with a yield of 2 tons of spring barley leaving the stock to 29 euros, assuming €200 per ton, and straw is worth an additional €200.

The secret to good yields of rapeseed early Sowing dates and smaller firms beds. Soil to seed contact and cover should be good. Weed control should be from pre-emergence Butisan S or katamaran Turbo.

The crop should be sown at 40-50 (hybrids) or 50-70 (normal) seeds per square meter for the establishment of 30 to 35 plants per square meter. There are significant differences in the seed varieties.

Possible flea beetle damage should be checked after planting and especially during early emergence. They can destroy a crop if not treated in the early stages.

For rapeseed growers who struggled to grow crops due to the presence of cabbage weed, such as hedge mustard or wild radish, there is a new option this year in Clearfield using varieties such as Impressario CL or Monsanto seed Technology Phoenix.

They can be sprayed Clearanda/Imazamox to control cabbage type weeds, especially wild radish and hedge mustard.

It will also control volunteer spring rape. Clearanda can be used only in Clearfield varieties. This technology has been available in the past few years for seed crops.

This is the first year that it is available for commercial crops and it is recommended that, given this variety, the seeds should be immediately ordered. Weed control can be a bit expensive, but it will allow the cultivation of rapeseed in areas that were previously unusable due to weeds.

You should be careful when selecting varieties and management that will be used.

The Department recommended list there are only four varieties; Anastasia (C) height with good early vigour, DK extrovert (h) in good yields with good light leaf spot resistance, PX113 – semi dwarf varieties of circuits and Sy (h) high productivity, but may be weak. Other varieties worth considering a few Dariot (CH), Elgar (C), picto picked up (C), extension (h) Alizze (CH), sky (C) and Kildare (C).

Rising prices of rape do not correspond to their counterparts cereal. It is likely that the following prices the harvest will be especially improved, if significant crops of winter barley and wheat occur throughout Europe in 2017.

The constancy of the returns from this crop in the last few years – especially the break of the productivity benefits achieved in the year and again in 2018 – making this a crop that should be considered in all major grain producers. It will also help to meet the three obligations, the rules of cropping.

PAT Minnock is the Carlow-based agricultural consultant and member of VDA and CITA.

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