Latest Farming Commentary

Forecast issued at: Tuesday 28th June 2022 16:00

Rain

Rainfall amounts over the past seven days has been well above average over much of the country with 1.3 to 4.75 times the normal amounts recorded (20 to 105.5mm), wettest in the southwest. However, along some eastern coast it remained drier than normal with just 76% of normal (11.2mm) recorded at Dublin Airport. Valentia Observatory on the other hand recorded the most with 105.5mm. In contrast most areas will have below average rainfall over this coming week, East Munster, South Leinster the midlands and northwest having between 20 and 60% of average, the northeast and parts of the west will have the most rainfall with average to 1.6 times the averge rainfall expected.

Temperatures

Mean air temperatures over the past week ranged from 1 degrees below average to 0.8 degree above normal. Knock Airport recorded the lowest with 12.2 degrees and Oak Park recorded the highest with 15.1 degrees. Mean soil temperatures ranged from close to 15 degrees in parts of the north and northwest to 19 degrees in parts of the southeast, which is 0.5 to 3 degrees above normal. It will be generally cooler than average over the coming week with mean air temperatures expected to range from 12 to 15 degrees generally, coolest over the west and southwest, which is average to 2 degrees below average for the time of year, while elsewhere values will lie between average and a degree below, owing to some especially cool night over the next few days. Mean soil temperatures across much of the country will generally continue above normal but will continue to decrease, however in the southwest soil temperatures may drop below normal during the coming week.

Sunshine

Much of the country was much duller than average over the past week, though parts of the southeast were closer to, or above normal for the time of year. Shannon Airport recorded the least with 11.6 hours (33% of normal) and Johnstown Castle recorded the most with 52.8 hours (142% of normal). While Friday looks like a particularly dull day, especially in the west, the rest of the 7 day period looks to have average to above average sunshine, and overall the week should bring above average sunshine across the country.

Drying Conditions

Drying conditions will be intermittent over the next few days, with the risk of showers of longer spells of rain at times, however from Sunday onwards rainfall values are likely to drop and temperatures should be on the rise. Winds however will fall light or slack from the weekend onwards, reducing the potential for rapid drying.

Spraying

Spraying opportunities will be limited in the coming days due to the sporadic nature of the showers or longer spells of rain. From Sunday onwards there will be a marked improvement with good spraying conditions expected.

Field Conditions

North Connacht and west Kerry, a parts of the north midland have saturated or waterlogged conditions in all soil types at the moment. Elsewhere remained drier with values generally of 10 to 50mm soil moisture deficits across all soils, driest in the southeast and east. Over the coming week, soils will generally become drier across all soils in the northwest, west and midlands will all soils having between 3 and 10mm deficits. While soils elsewhere will likely see soil moisture deficits fall slightly. The southeast will remain driest, with SMDs around 30 to 48mm.

Further Comments

Conditions conductive to the spread of potato bight will occur in parts of Cavan, Monaghan, Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Offaly and Westmeath from this evening (Tuesday) through midday Thursday(30th June), very limited spraying opportunities will exist this evening, however, slightly better conditions are expected on Wednesday morning.

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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.