This year's late harvest has presented cereal farmers with problems, but millers are confident that there will be sufficient grain to serve the needs of consumers.

A cold spring followed by a dry summer means that the wheat and barley harvest is taking place later than usual this year.

The acreage of wheat in the country has decreased by thirty percent, but the area under barley has increased. Price prospects are better for barley, which could be the reason that some farmers are switching over to it, but wheat can also be profitable, even if it is more weather-dependent, says one commentator,

Wheat is a gamble for the farmer from a weather point of view.

A later harvest also means later deliveries to grain mills, who at this point in the year would usually have received up to three hundred thousand tons. However only ninety thousand tons have arrived to date.

Reporter Tom McCaughren wonders if the absence of a surplus of wheat and barley will result in more imports, at a time when harvests in Russia and other countries are failing and global grain prices are rising,

Could this in turn mean dear bread?

One miller who spoke to RTÉ news seems optimistic that his company will be able to manage, and does not believe that the situation as it stands will lead to a rise in prices for consumers,

We're very pleased with the wheat we’ve got so far.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 September 1972. The reporter is Tom McCaughren.