Opinion: Brussels doublethink on GM crops does not add up

  • Opinion: Brussels doublethink on GM crops does not add up
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    We began harvest earlier than ever before, but I’ll come back to that later; first, I would like to mention something topical in the treatment of soil in Europe.
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We began harvest earlier than ever before, but I’ll come back to that later; first, I would like to mention something topical in the treatment of soil in Europe.

I understand that the EU rules, for our own good and farmers, we must follow these rules. However,I can’t for the life of me understand the recent decision of the court of justice that the Gene editing technology crispr, you and the GM.

I’m not a scientist and I’m not going to pretend I understand the details of the edit gene technology reports that have been published.

However, this decision will have an impact on soil, crops and crop varieties in the future.

I suggest if you need more information you go to some European research sites and to stay away from vested interests.

What I don’t understand this constant conflict of opinion on both sides in relation to GM crops.

We talked all the time, especially on social networks that this technology is somehow bad or immoral, and yet every year in the EU and Ireland by importing millions, Yes millions of tons of feed that GM in Europe and in Ireland.

So what is it? It is a safe technology that is to feed millions of animals and people? Or what should we fear? Or what?

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Anyway back to the harvest. We started on 8 July, which is the earliest we’ve ever started. We cut Cassia two-row winter barley for 13pc of moisture.

He came in at 3.7 t / ha, which we are satisfied, given the year that we had. This was followed by six-row winter barley, Bazooka, which was a little higher humidity but lower per bushel. He was 60kph with a double row of 68 km / h.

When it was over, there was a lot of chaff and awns in it. However, when we put it through the dryer and a vacuum cleaner, it got rid of all the impurities and increased the km / h to 67.

The color of both varieties is very pale and white this year. When I went to make some tests were bags of samples with other farmers on the floor and they all looked the same. In fact, if You didn’t know what they were, you would think that they were oats. The last of the barley, which was cut, was slightly damper spots and when we cut it later, he was much more normal Golden color.

The same thing happened with straw. The first was a very pale color with a slight pink hue. The latter was more Golden brown.

Oil seed rape

Then we started the seed oil of rapeseed amounted to 8.4 PC and 10pcs of moisture. I have no choice, but seeds themselves look small. The only way to know how to do is put it on the weigh bridge. Sometimes these small grains can weigh heavy.

We have spread chicken manure on stubble land and cultivated it.

Its incredible to think how early we are this year, but I think that the harvest will be drawn from the beans, but even they begin to turn and we are still in early August.

The straw market was crazy. I have heard crazy prices – 4×4 round bales for €35 and more, and 8x4x4 €100.

The next question should be, how many straw bale? We weighed 4×4 bale, and he was 140 kg and then weighed 8X4X4 and he was 460kg. So there are 3.28 our round bales in large square bales.

To be fair to the farmers of both parties to buy or sell should be sold by weight. I also heard baling work in order to bring chains and locks on the field to protect the straw until they get a chance to take it away. It’s a sad day when one farmer can do so with the other farmer.

Philip and Helen Harris tillage farmers in County Kildare. Follow them on Twitter, P & H Harris @kildarefarmer.

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