A few weeks ago, Quinns of Baltinglass completed a second year of field evaluation of soya beans in our unpredictable Irish climate. This was yet another stern test – last year, it was heat and dryness; this year it was wet and lateness.

One big question was answered – the crop did ripen for harvest and it did go through a combine. The theory was that the crop should be ready for combining around late September/early October but this did not happen. Harvest date was 22 October and marginal at that.