No let-up in weather: This backend is certainly out to set a new standard for awkwardness. While rainfall amounts remain variable around the country, very few areas have been able to get a clear run at work for any more than two to three days. It is so frustrating for growers looking out at so much work to be done and little or no opportunity to do it.

One would have hoped that ground would get a chance to dry, especially where it was sown in less than favourable conditions. But as we move into November there are signs of waterlogging in sown fields.