Latest Farming Commentary

Forecast issued at: Friday 24th May 2024 11:00


There was large variation in rainfall amounts over the past week. The highest accumulation of 34.8mm was recorded at Knock Airport, which is nearly twice the norm. Less than 1mm fell at Valentia and Dublin Airport. Unsettled weather is forecast for the coming week and rainfall amounts are expected to be above normal nationwide, ranging between 20 and 50mm. Highest amounts are forecast in the west and southwest.


Mean air temperatures were above normal nationwide over the past seven days. Temperatures in many areas were 2 or 3 degrees higher than normal, with mean values around 13 to 15 degrees. Soil temperatures are several degrees above average, ranging between 14.6 and 17.3 degrees. Looking ahead temperatures will stay around average of about 1 or 2 degrees above normal in the east.


Sunshine amounts were near or above normal over the past week. It was sunniest at Johnstown Castle where there were 48 hours of sunshine. Sunshine amounts are likely to be near or below normal over the next seven days with cloudier and more unsettled conditions forecast.

Drying Conditions

It will be unsettled during the next week with spells of rain or showers, so drying will be limited.


Spraying opportunities will also be limited over the coming week. The best opportunities will be today Friday, away from the northeast and east where there will be some rain or drizzle.

Field Conditions

Soil Moisture Deficits (SMDs) across all soil types are generally ranging between 5 and 45mm. However, some soils in the northwest and west are saturated. Over the coming week with more rainfall forecast, SMDs across all soil types are expected to deteriorate with moderately or poorly drained soils in parts of the southwest, west and northwest becoming saturated or waterlogged.

Forecast maps and meteograms can be found on Blight Forecast.

Agricultural Data Graphs

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.