Ground conditions: Most growers indicate that their 2019 planting season is now over. This is certainly the case in areas that have received over 120mm so far in November. Indeed, much of the recent planting across parts of north Leinster is being questioned as many crops have been under water for much of the time since sowing. Many now fear that these crops may have very poor establishment.

Some growers with a lot of work done are now cleaning down machines but others still hope to get a planting opportunity sometime before the end of February. This is partly because they have seed on hand and also partly because there would not be enough spring wheat seed available for land that does not particularly suit spring barley.