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UK and Ireland Drought — Winter Barley Crop Loss

The recent anomalous high pressure stalled out over the UK, Ireland and parts of France is fast becoming a nightmare for farmers.

Some are claiming a month of rain is required else this years crop stands at a total loss.

Barley is ripening prematurely due to the abnormal heatwave, with high levels of screenings resulted from the poor grain fill.

Screening levels of 20% to 40% have been reported on some of the earliest harvested crops.

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Pictured is Kieran Murphy harvesting Infinity winter barley last Thursday on his farm in Ireland.

The crop was grown on very dry ground and ripened very fast as a result of the hot dry weather.

“Crops were looking brilliant all year until a few weeks ago when the drought got it. The drought surely took three quarters of a tonne out of the crop,” explains Kieran.

Kieran’s 2018 harvest started on 4 July, 11 days earlier than 2017.

STORM CHRIS is likely to give a little reprieve this coming week, though showers will be hit and miss with the hot, dry weather looking set to continue thereafter.

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