Latest Farming Commentary

Forecast issued at: Saturday 13th July 2024 11:00


Over the past week, rainfall amounts were generally above average over the eastern half of the country and in parts of the south with much drier conditions in the southwest and west. Rainfall amounts ranged from 1.6mm at Erris Head, Co. Mayo (9% of its average) to 27.7mm at Oak Park, Co. Carlow (206% of its average). Current indications suggest that the coming week will generally be wetter than normal with 20 to 45mm expected in many areas (1.5 to 2 times the normal amount for the time of year). However, parts of the midlands will be drier with 90 to 100% of the normal rainfall amounts.


Mean air temperatures were generally 1 to 2.1 degrees below average nationwide over the past seven days, ranging between 12.5 (Malin Head, Co. Donegal) and 14.2 degrees (Shannon Airport, Co. Clare). Soil temperatures are generally within a degree of the average, ranging between 13.7 and 16.8 degrees. Mean air temperatures will rise a little in the coming week, likely averaging at 14 or 15 degrees, ranging from around normal in the north and east, but still between 1 and 2 degrees below average in other areas.


Sunshine amounts were close to average for much of the country over the past week. However, it was dullest in the southeast with 30.3 hours recorded at Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford (81% of normal). It was brightest in the southwest with 53.3 hours recorded at Valentia Observatory, Co. Kerry. The coming week will see some rain or showers at times along with sunny spells, as result sunshine is likely to be around average to a little below.

Drying Conditions

Drying conditions will be moderate or good today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday) away from showers. Drying conditions will then deteriorate for much of the following week though there could be some limited opportunities on Tuesday, again away from showers.


There'll be some good opportunities for spraying today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday). Opportunities will be much more limited next week.

Field Conditions

Soil moisture deficits (SMDs) across all soil types are currently between 15 and 55mm, driest in the east, south and west with some restriction to growth. Over the coming week, SMDs will fluctuate but overall will be slightly reduced by this time next week.

Forecast maps and meteograms can be found on Blight Forecast.

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Soil Moisture Deficits

Soil Moisture Deficits (SMDs) in (mm) are calculated for three classes of soil: well drained, moderately drained and poorly drained. For further information on how Soil Moisture Deficits are calculated, click here.