Rain was welcome: Most tillage farmers welcomed the rain over the past week but for some it was still very little. Met Éireann records indicate that May rainfall for most tillage regions ranged from one-third to half the normal monthly rainfall level up to Wednesday. While patches are not yet visible in crops, there was a risk that these would begin to appear.
Winter cereals: Most crops have remained quite clean but the usual diseases are still present. Mildew is evident in all cereals but contained in most crops. Septoria levels in wheat range from moderate to high. The two main rust diseases, yellow and crown, seem to be well contained. Rhyncho and net blotch are evident in some barley crops but good fungicide treatments have worked well.