Saturated soils are at risk of flooding from rain forecast early in the week. \ David Ruffles
After a dry start in the east, Met Éireann forecasts that wet and cloudy conditions in the west and south will spread across the country through the morning and afternoon. The rain will turn heavy and persistent in Connacht and west Munster at night with a risk of spot flooding.
Top temperatures will range between 9°C and 12°C. Moderate to fresh and gusty southerly winds will increase strong in most areas through the afternoon with gales developing near Atlantic coasts.
Widespread heavy rain will gradually give way to clearer, brighter and more showery conditions extending from the west. Some showers will be heavy and with a risk of hail and thunder near the coasts. Afternoon high temperatures will fall to around 7°C to 9°C.
Strong to gale force and gusty southerly winds over the eastern half of the country will gradually abate through the morning, veering moderate westerly with the clearance of the rain. Night-time temperatures will drop to lows of 3°C to 7°C, with patchy frost possible in the east and north.
A mix of bright spells and scattered blustery showers, heaviest in Atlantic coastal counties, with a risk of hail and thunder there, will continue all day and into the night. Temperatures will be similar to Tuesday's in mostly moderate south to southwest winds, but strong and gusty near western and southern coasts.
Another day of sunshine and showers will see the risk of hail and thunder gradually diminishing. Highs of 7°C to 10°C will remain associated with fresh to strong and gusty west to southwest winds, veering westerly in the afternoon and moderate.
Friday and weekend
Current indications for Friday suggest another spell of rain may coming from the southwest followed by showery conditions over the weekend with low pressure situated to the northwest.
Rainfall has been above normal since the start of the month, especially in the southern half of the country, and this will continue this week with 40mm to 80mm forecast in the west, and 30mm elsewhere.
Drying conditions are set to remain poor and already saturated or water-logged soils are at risk of flooding from the rain forecast this week.
Air and soil temperatures are expected to remain 1°C or 2°C above normal, as last week, with only patchy frost at times.
The southeast has enjoyed close to normal sunshine values over the past two weeks, but the rest of the country was duller than average. This is expected to continue, with only intermittent sunshine this week.
The unsettled weather will offer only limited spraying opportunities this week.
This week, Agri Aware launched its new 'Many Hats, One CAP' TV and cinema advert.
Produced by Traction Marketing, the advert is part of a wider campaign which aims to promote and showcase how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) affects everyday life in Ireland, whether that is subsidies paid to a farmer directly or the countless indirect knock-ons that keep rural Ireland alive.
The launch took place at Movies Dundrum, Dublin, on Thursday evening, where both the full and short versions of the advert where premiered for the first time on screen.
The ad itself follows a day in the life of a number of characters who make up the rural landscape in Ireland.
From clips of rural entrepreneur and chef Edward Hayden cooking up a storm in his Graiguenamanagh cookery school, to farmer Kevin Moran up before dawn in Galway to milk his dairy herd, it gives viewers a glimpse into the role the agri-food industry plays.
Agriculture is a huge economic multiplier, which keeps rural Ireland alive
At the premiere, there was a panel of guest speakers which included Agri Aware chair Alan Jagoe and three of the stars in the ad; Hayden, Moran and Teagasc researcher Dr Dayle Johnston.
Hosted by Marty Morrissey, the panel reiterated the point that agriculture is a huge economic multiplier, which keeps rural Ireland alive, and the CAP is central to that.
Alan Jagoe spoke of the huge work, time and spend going behind the campaign.
“It costs money to put it out there, but consumers and society need to know where their money is going and who they are supporting.
"There needs to be an understanding and respect for the production costs and efforts that go into food production,” he stressed.
2016 FBD young farmer of the year Kevin Moran made the point that CAP itself “is not just one thing – a subsidy for a farmer - it is much more than that; it’s an investment in food security, an investment in rural economies and this investment is invaluable to rural Ireland”.
'Many Hats, One CAP' is a 12-month public information campaign that will go live across TV, radio, cinema, social media and print over the coming weeks.
Castleblayney Livestock Mart, Co Monaghan. \ Thomas Hubert
Farmers left unpaid by the liquidation of EP Nugent Ltd, the company operating Castleblayney Mart, have decided to launch legal action against the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA).
At a meeting on Thursday, attendees heard that one case against the PSRA failed, but won when it went to appeal.
Solicitor Paul McCormack told the Irish Farmers Journal that they have agreed to put “in a claim under the property services regulation Act 2011".
"Section 78 part three allows us to bring a claim. One case went forward to the Property Services Regulation Authority and was refused but went through to the property services appeal board and won.”
He says that the basis for the claim is that EP Nugent Ltd was trading “dishonestly” by not having a license.
“There’s 40 individual cases,” McCormack said, adding that the average claim is approximately €1,000.
“Nugent would like to see the farmers paid. There’s no guarantee it will happen. Claims had to be lodged within 12 months of the people finding out there was a problem. The liquidation was 9 April 2018 so we are up tight against the wire.”
McCormack advised that anyone who wants to make a claim should get in touch with his office at Thomas Street, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, or the IFA.
The discontinuation of chlorothalonil is a hammer blow to Irish tillage farmers, Irish Grain Growers Group chair Bobby Miller has said.
On Friday, the European Commission voted to ban chlorothalonil, a key ingredient in Bravo, which is used by tillage farmers to fight septoria and ramularia.
“The one good thing about Bravo is that it is a cost-efficient product. There will be alternatives available in the future, but will be they be as cost-effective for the farmer and will they be as effective as Bravo,” Miller told the Irish Farmers Journal.
We have to stand back and allow imports of grains from all over the world
He also said that any alternative products will have to be tested in the Irish climate as well.
Miller also hit out at the importation of grain from around the world into Ireland.
“Yet we have to stand back and allow imports of grains from all over the world, with different standards applied, arrive into the country to be fed to livestock.
“We, as tillage farmers, are being made fools of by the EU talking out of both sides of their mouth.
"The Irish grain quality assurance system is a joke when our Irish grain can be mixed with any sort of grain and waste in merchants' and millers' processing plants,” he said.