Catch crop scheme sees demand for seeds soar

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Catch crop scheme sees demand for seeds soar


Currently over 23,000 hectares of catch crops are supported under the Agri-Environment Scheme, GLAS.
Currently over 23,000 hectares of catch crops are supported under the Agri-Environment Scheme, GLAS.

Seed for crops covered under the Fodder Production Incentive Scheme is selling “like hot buns”, merchants and wholesalers report.

Demand for catch crop seed, and for seed for short-term grasses such as Westerwolds and Italian ryegrass, has intensified over the last week as farmers push to get the crops planted as quickly as possible so as to maximise yields.

“The clock is ticking,” Donal Fitzgerald of Goldcrop commented. He ssaid sales of seed for catch crops was running around four times ahead of normal years.

He said the strongest demand was predominantly for fodder rape mixed with leafy turnip.



Donal Fitzgerald, GoldcropDonal Fitzgerald, Goldcrop

Donal Fitzgerald, Goldcrop

Goldcrop was sold out of seed for Westerwolds early last week, with the level of demand going up exponentially this year, Mr Fitzgerald said.

Most of the seed appears to have planted by cereal growers, with much of it sown out of goodwill towards neighbouring livestock farmers, Mr Fitzgerald explained.

Jim Gibbons of Germinal Seeds in Tipperary described the trade for Westerwolds and Italian ryegrass as “very lively”.

The company sold out of seed last week but was expecting to get further stocks in yesterday.

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Quinns of Baltinglass sold 10 times more Westerwolds and Italian ryegrass seed than normal, according to David Shortall.

The sale of seed for catch crops such as brassicas and rape is up 60-70pc, he said.

Under the terms of the Fodder Production Incentive Scheme there is a payment of €155/ha to grow short-term grasses such as Westerwolds and Italian ryegrass, with a payment of €100/ha for catch crops such as brassicas.

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