Latest Farming Commentary

Forecast issued at: Monday 26th February 2024 11:00

Rain

Over the past week, rain amounts have been below average in northeast Leinster but were above average across the rest of the country. The driest location was Casement with 8.6mm which is 74% of average. It was wettest in the southwest, with an accumulation of over 58mm recorded in Cork or over 2.5 to 3.5 times the average. The week ahead will be changeable with further spells of rain and drizzle expected. Most of the rainfall will occur in the west, where accumulations are expected to be between 2 and 2.5 times the average.

Temperatures

Mean air temperatures for the past week were generally 1 to 1.5 degrees higher than normal, with values ranging between just under 6 and 8.5 degrees. Soil temperatures are several degrees above normal, between 7 and 9.2 degrees. Temperatures will fluctuate a little during the coming week with changing air masses, but on average will be near or slightly below normal. Mean air temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees are forecast.

Sunshine

Sunshine amounts were near or above normal over the past seven days. The sunniest location was Mayo, recording 27.3 hours of sunshine, which is 54% higher than average. It was dullest at Dublin, with 14.2 hours of sunshine. The weather will be changeable this week with some cloudy and wet spells interspersed with drier and sunnier periods, so sunshine amounts are likely to be around average.

Drying Conditions

Drying conditions will often be moderate or poor with rain, drizzle and showers. It will be driest Today on Monday but it will be cool with light to moderate winds.

Spraying

Best opportunities for spraying are today on Monday, with long dry spells and light to moderate winds. Opportunities will be limited for the rest of the week with spells of rain or drizzle and showers.

Field Conditions

Poorly drained soils are waterlogged and other soils are saturated or nearly saturated. Most areas will see further deterioration of soil conditions this week due to further spells of rain and drizzle.

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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.