Rain came to nothing: The promise of much-needed rain failed to materialise for most growers. There has been a lot more rain across the south and many of these areas also had much more rain in April. Mullingar and Oak Park (Carlow) received 1.9 and 1.8mm respectively in May to date but Mullingar had 41.9mm in April versus 29.7mm for Oak Park. Many areas across the northeast and into Northern Ireland only received around 15mm since the start of April.
Conditions were quite dry this time last year also and it turned out well for most crops. The dangers from a big spill of rain now would be late gemination, a nitrogen release, secondary growth and increased lodging risk.