It's a tale of two climates
Published 06/01/2016 | 02:30
It's a tale of two climates with Irish weather at the moment.
While farmers in river catchments struggle to cope with some of the most prolonged flooding in living memory, an unseasonably mild December has resulted in unprecedented levels of growth in drier areas.
Daffodils are the most visible sign of spring growth that is up to one month ahead of normal, but vegetable producers are also struggling to cope with daily temperatures of 12C.
"We're cutting cauliflowers now that were programmed for February, and it won't be long before we move into March's supply," said Lusk vegetable grower, Denis Harford.
"I really don't think that there is going to be any Irish cauliflowers around by St Patrick's day," he said.
Grass growth also hit a record high in 2015, on the back of a unseasonably high temperatures throughout the back-end.
"Grass production was 14.1t of drymatter per hectare in 2015, 0.2t higher than the previous high that was set in 2014," said Teagasc's grass expert, Michael O'Donovan.
He has been averaging grass growth figures from farms all over the country through Teagasc's PatureBase system for the last number of years.