Rain was welcome: All tillage farmers welcomed the recent rain but for some it was very little. Met Éireann records indicate that May rainfall levels vary from 68mm at Roches Point in Cork to 8.3mm in the Phoenix Park. The eastern midlands remain driest, but crop potential has already been hit. Many winter crops are very short, suggesting a possible scarcity of straw, but growing conditions have been much better across the south.
Many spring crops look even more thirsty. Dryness has stunted growth and many crops do not have the volume of lush foliage that we associate with high yields. Trace element deficiency is common, and crops in dry areas are pale, relatively thin, and not very impressive or encouraging. But crops that got ongoing rain look very promising.