Bad weather will affect farm incomes
There appears to be no let up in the atrocious weather.
While Jean Byrne and co are predicting that the week ahead should offer some respite from the torrential rain, weather conditions are far from settled.
The outlook for this week is that temperatures will increase, with some mild and warm weather forecast, but the rains are to continue piling in.
This will be further bad news for both farmers and contractors who have endured a measure of purgatory over the past month with the silage harvest.
Martin Ryan's story on the front page confirms that at least 60pc of the crop remains to be cut in areas with heavier soils, particularly in the west and northwest.
The quality of silage harvested this year has taken a hammering, which has obvious implications for winter feed needs for both dairy and beef farmers.
Adding to the difficulties with ensiling wet silage, many of the crops have gone to seed at this stage, so while there might be bulk in the crops, the feed value will be a lot poorer than normal.
To add to the woes, there are also fears that the second cut of silage may be hit, given the collapse in grass growth rates and the inability of farmers to get fertiliser out because of poor ground conditions.