Back to square one: While there was some drying last weekend, many parts of the country are quite wet again, with parts of the south remaining driest, but not dry. We will have this cold snap for a few days and then the forecast is for a return to rain, so there is no immediate chance of getting out on land – perhaps there is no good reason to be there either. Most tillage areas seem to have received an inch so far this month, with much more in north Leinster and the northwest.

Crop condition varies considerably, from strong to struggling. But everything is still much better than this time last year. While land remains too wet, some more backward crops will need feeding once the ground dries out and we get some growth.