Weather forecast

The dry spell is expected to continue across the country, with Met Éireann forecasting only scattered showers. However, it will be cloudier in the southwest and west. Patchy rain or drizzle may push into the southwest, without affecting the general outlook for continuing dry weather in the next few days.

Top temperatures will range between 12°C and 14°C, and easterly winds are expected to increase moderate to fresh during the morning.

In the news today

  • Ahead of today’s announcements, we ask farmers in five sectors what they expect from budget 2017.
  • Ulster Bank is going ahead with the sale of €125m worth of farmers’ loans to an overseas fund.
  • It may not be Ireland’s largest purchaser of grain, but Centenary Thurles Co-op is setting the trend and sending a positive signal to tillage farmers by keeping its prices unchanged this year.
  • Despite the current dry spell, farmers across the west are still dealing with the fall-out of weeks of rain, as illustrated by a Teagasc survey and our podcast interview with a Donegal-based Teagasc adviser.
  • Although recent figures from several western European countries point to a continuing decline in milk supply, the recent euphoria on global dairy markets seems to be over.
  • Our farmer writer Jane Shackleton has some thought-provoking comments on the role of women in agriculture.
  • Coming up today on

  • We bring you the details of budget measures live as they are announced, as well as analysis of what it means for your farm.
  • Grain market update.
  • We report from the Dairylink walk on Robin Clements’ farm in Co Tyrone.
  • Phelim O’Neill continues his Brussels insights series.
  • What’s on today

  • West Cork IFA county executive meeting.
  • To see what’s coming up, visit our agri events calendar.