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Latest Farming Commentary

Forecast issued at: Monday 22nd April 2019 14:00

Rain

The asymmetrical nature of last weekend/ Monday's rainfall has meant that in the last 7 days close to 3 times the normal rainfall has been measured on the south-Munster coast (over 50mm), while only 22% (about 4mm) was recorded on the north-Ulster coast. From around midweek this week, the weather will become increasingly unsettled with greater than normal amounts of rain expected in most parts of the country over the next 7 days.

Temperatures

Mean air tempertures for the last week were about 2 or 3 degrees above normal in the many parts of the country, but somewhat closer to (but still above) normal in parts of the east, northeast and in east county Cork. However, it has been an unusual 7 days with maximum temps around 7 to 10 degrees last Monday, and up around 20 degrees-plus in some parts since Thursday last week. Temperatures will remain above normal up to around midweek, but it will become cooler from Wednesday onwards with temperatures returning to near or occasionally below normal at times.

Sunshine

Weekly sunshine figures continue to improve and are now near to above normal in most parts of the country, although figures are still below normal in parts of the northwest.

Drying Conditions

Drying conditions will gradually deteriorate through this week with a few showers around on Tuesday and then increasingly unsettled conditions establishing from Wednesday onwards.

Spraying

Good opportunities for spraying through tomorrow in just light breezes away from the coasts but winds will increase moderate and at times fresh through this week.

Field Conditions

Most soils are trafficable at this stage. There may be a little restriction to growth in moderate to well drained soils but this situation will be redressed later this week.

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Soil Moisture Deficits

Soil Moisture Deficits (SMDs) 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.

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