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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Rain to bring a halt to silage season as up to 50mm rain expected

Newgrange Farm, Slane Co Meath. Silage was picked up by Byrne Agri Contractors, Stabannon Co Louth. Photo: Jan Jensma.
Newgrange Farm, Slane Co Meath. Silage was picked up by Byrne Agri Contractors, Stabannon Co Louth. Photo: Jan Jensma.
FarmIreland Team

FarmIreland Team

The hustle and bustle of the silage season is set to be brought to a sudden halt over the coming days with three weather warnings now in place for heavy rainfall.

Met Eireann says the coming days will see settled weather but a breakdown is forecast for the end of the week with some heavy showers predicted, especially in the west of the country.

As much as 30-40mm and 50mm locally of rain is expected in western counties from Friday night through until Saturday morning.

Elsewhere across the country 10-20mm are likely during this period also.

Gamble Bros Agri Contractors cutting silage outside Ballymoney, Antrim.
Gamble Bros Agri Contractors cutting silage outside Ballymoney, Antrim.

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Met Eireann forecasts a cloudy start with rain in many places on Saturday morning. The rain locally heavy and thundery. Drier brighter weather will develop over Munster in the afternoon and extend northwards during the course of the afternoon and evening.

JIm Greene and Padraig Burke of Greene Agri Contractors picking up silage (8 tonne per acre) for Tom O'Donnell and Stephen Leahy on one of the Electric Picnic car park fields at Stradbally, Co. Laois Monday 24 April 2017. Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie
JIm Greene and Padraig Burke of Greene Agri Contractors picking up silage (8 tonne per acre) for Tom O'Donnell and Stephen Leahy on one of the Electric Picnic car park fields at Stradbally, Co. Laois Monday 24 April 2017. Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie

Sunday is forecast to be a dry day with sunny spells. It will cloud over during the afternoon and evening with perhaps a few showers scattered over Leinster and Munster.

Monday will also be a mainly dry with sunny spells. Cloud building up at times with a few light showers possible.


The latest outlook for second half of next week is for fresh weather with a mixture of sunny intervals and passing showers.

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Perfect in Pink...Michael Foley, farming in Beaufort, Co Kerry, with The MacGillycuddy's Reeks in tgeh back ground, taking advantage of the fine weather for baling silage, and also
Perfect in Pink...Michael Foley, farming in Beaufort, Co Kerry, with The MacGillycuddy's Reeks in tgeh back ground, taking advantage of the fine weather for baling silage, and also "Wrap it Pink" to raise cancer awareness in rural Ireland. Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan

Soil moisture deficits are currently running at 20 to 40 mm countrywide.

Conditions will improve slightly, particularly in the west of the country, with the rainfall forecast for the late Friday and on Saturday.

Hopefully the rain will lift for a convoy of Cavan and Monaghan farmers will cover 1,220km of road as part of the first ever 'All-Ireland Baling Challenge'.

Over a six-day period between May 29-June 3, the crew will travel across the country to make 100 bales in each of the 32 counties.

The farmers are aiming to raise €10 per bale to reach their goal of €1,000 per county with all proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charity at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin and Daisy Lodge, a therapeutic centre for families affected by cancer, located in Newcastle, Co Down.

The team of drivers, including two female farmers, will use the same four tractors with a combination baler unit to complete the task.

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