Farmers make the most of driest October in 50 years
Published 03/11/2016 | 08:46
Farmers got some much needed relief from a generally wet end to the summer last month with parts of the country experiencing there driest October in 50 years.
The dry spell resulted in a hive of activity on Irish farms with tillage farmers in particular busy sowing there crops for next years harvest.
Helen Harris is a tillage farmer along with her husband Philip in Co Kildare and she says that after very wet September the few welcome dry weeks in the beginning of October meant they were working 'flat out'.
"Every tractor in the parish was out ploughing, sowing and drilling. We were putting in the long hours to try and get harvest finished and as much of the winter crop in as time and weather would allow," she said.
The dry spell last month is in stark contrast to scenes on many Irish farms in October causing significant disruption to the grain harvest particularly in western areas.
Extremely dry in places; high rainfall event reported in the Southwest:
According to Met Eireann, October’s weather over Ireland was characterized mainly by 'anticyclonic conditions' extending from Scandinavia, allowing a lot of quite settled weather.
However, the month began with an encroachment of a cold front onto western coastal areas which became stationary before retreating westwards. This gave record breaking rainfall for a time in the far southwest.