Work up to date: Last week’s rain was welcome but it was not enough for many farmers across much of the northern half of the country. In many of these regions the Met Éireann numbers show only 13mm and 20mm for the month of April, between 25% and 35% of normal. This leaves a lot of land quite dry, but the impact depends on the crops being grown. Rainfall levels were much more favourable further south.

The dry weather was also generally warm for growth and most field work is now up to date. Planting of all crops is virtually complete, making this a relatively early planting season overall despite the late start.