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Latest Farming Commentary

Forecast issued at: Sunday 20th May 2018 12:00


Except near the west coast where there was around half the normal rainfall for the time of year, the past week has been very dry across most of the country. In fact almost no rain at all was recorded over the midlands and east. Except for appreciable rainfall amounts over Munster and Connacht over the next 36 hours, the coming week will be mostly dry and settled. Some eastern areas may have an entirely dry week.


Mean air temperatures over the past week were near or slightly below normal. However it'll becoming increasingly warm as the coming week progresses, and overall air and soil temperatures are likely to be a degree or two above normal.


Except near the western seaboard, sunshine has been above average over the past week. Sunshine totals are expected to be well above average over the next week, with the fine and settled weather.

Drying Conditions

Good drying conditions are expected from Tuesday onwards.


With cloudy damp conditions expected through Monday and early Tuesday, few opportunities will arise until midweek, but thereafter very suitable.

Field Conditions

Field conditions and trafficability are improving well and that trend should continue.

Agricultural Data Graphs

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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