Good progress: It would seem that overall planting progress has been good, despite rain and variable showers. Drying was reasonable at times and this was needed to undo recent soft and sticky rain. While many growers have now completed winter planting, most would appear to have at least 80% planted, which compares well with around 20% this time last year.

Planting: While November planting must rightly be questioned, it is worth remembering that at the end of October last year, we still had 30% of our average rain to fall. This year, that percentage is 10-15%, if annual rainfall ends up close to the 30-year average.