Silage season gets under way as dry spell set to continue to the middle of the month 'at least'
The watering of vulnerable crops must now be seriously considered, farmers have been told
The silage season has got under way in many parts of the country as farmers take advantage of the dry spell which is set to continue for some time.
The dry weather of April has continued on into the start of May with very little rainfall forecast up until the middle of this month at least, by Met Eireann.
Expected accumulations for the next 10 days or so are only around 1 or 2mm south of the Dublin-Galway line and generally 4 to 10mm north of the line, with the far northern counties of Ulster exceeding 10mm.
This, Met Eireann says is significantly less than normal.
Although temperatures have improved remarkably since the weekend (temps of higher than 20 degrees have been recorded in the west of the country) the mean temperature for past 7-day period is still about 0.5 below normal; this was due to the cold weather at end of April.
However, Met Eireann forecasts that with sunny skies and easterly winds forecast this trend will be quickly reversed.
Silage been cut all round Ennis today. pic.twitter.com/rlZTJNkDAE— Padraig Shevlin (@padraig_shevlin) May 3, 2017
Despite April been a dry month, it was also a very cloudy month and it has probably been the cloudiest April in Ireland for over 20 years.
But there has been a dramatic reversal in this trend since the start of May.