Donal O’Keeffe – Delvin,

Westmeath seems to have missed the worst of the weather lately, says Donal. While his fields are wet, it wouldn’t take much dry weather before the ground would be trafficable again. In general, crops are looking quite even, with just a few wet and uneven spots in fields. However, earlier this week Donal took plant counts and found that establishment rates were a lot lower than planned. When sowing earlier crops, he was aiming for 90% establishment. He reduced this to 85% as the season progressed.