Still time for planting: The latter part of this backend is certainly not easy for planting. Rainfall amounts remain variable, but it does not take much water to wet land now that it is cold and it takes it a lot longer to soak. While the weather has been very broken, establishing crops are generally in good condition, except in patches where conditions were dodgy at planting. This should stand to crops, regardless of what the winter brings weather-wise.

Planting: Wheat and oats are the main crops still to be planted, but there are always additional challenges for crop establishment once we get into November. Slugs, crows and rabbits are all more likely to cause damage and this should be factored into seeding rates. Growth and establishment are slower. Crops take longer to establish, so the risks are higher.