Latest Farming Commentary

Forecast issued at: Friday 01st March 2024 14:00

Rain

Over the past week, rainfall amounts have varied across the nation. Northern and eastern areas were driest with rainfall amounts around average with 6.6-13.5mm recorded. It was wettest in the south and west with Roches Point the wettest location in the country with a rainfall total of 51mm recorded. The week ahead will be changeable with further showers and spells of rain expected at times. Rainfall amounts are currently projected to range around average or slightly above, generally between 10 and 40mm.

Temperatures

Mean air temperatures over the last 7 days were around the seasonal average. It was coldest compared the climatological norm in Malin Head, County Donegal with a mean temperature of 6.3 degrees. It was mildest as compared to the February norm in Belmullet, County Mayo with a mean temperature of 7.5 degrees recorded. Soil temperatures are 0.9 to 2.7 degrees above normal, between 5.5 and 8 degrees. With snowfall recorded over much of the country today, mean temperatures over the weekend will likely run below the seasonal norm, before milder weather is forecast next week. Mean air temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees are forecast. Soil temperatures are expected to fall slightly but still remain above average.

Sunshine

Sunshine amounts were above normal in most areas over the past seven days. The sunniest location was Johnstown Castle in County Wexford, recording 28.8 hours of sunshine, which is 147% of average. It was dullest at Valentia in County Kerry, with 14.1 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 or slightly below.

Drying Conditions

Drying conditions will often be moderate or poor with rain, and showers most days.

Spraying

Opportunities will be limited for the rest of the week with spells of rain or showers most days.

Field Conditions

Poorly drained soils are saturated with some soils in the west and southwest waterlogged. Some light soils are trafficable in well drained and moderately drained soils but they are mostly saturated in the west and southwest. Most areas will see further deterioration of soil conditions this week due to further spells of rain.

Forecast maps and meteograms can be found on Blight Forecast.

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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.