About 120mm in East Anglia near the east coast, which compares with the expectation of about 30 mm for the month, so hugely more than usual, and fields much wetter than normal for this time of year, even though they started the month fairly dry.
FIve or six inches. Not an accurate count as rainguage ran over the top several times. So yes, pretty wet. It can stop now thanks. Until November. Apart from an inch the day after the rape is all drilled. And maybe another inch to soften seedbeds the day before we get the drill out.
3″. But doesnt get emptied every day. Rain is not an exact science for me. If there are puddles in the yard, no point going out side. With the rain, we also seem to have no heat in the air. So its going to take a good week of no more wet before I even consider a sprayer in the field. And even then it will be in desperation to get some spray on the barley. May also looks like a cold and damp month.
No need for 6″ rain guage here. 24″ is a normal year. 10mm and you wont walk over this clay for a few days. Moisture retention is not an issue we suffer from. More like the opposite. If we had 6″ in a day, I’d go on holiday for a month.
Annoyingly, I do seem to recall several farmers curse the dry and wanting some wet to wash their urea in. I will add that to “localised torrential downpours” and “jetstream unseasonably low” and “weather remaining unsettles” as trigger words to book a flight to, well, anywhere else not a part of the British Isles or with a maritime climate.
I’m about 10 days behind with spraying fungicides on wheat & oilseed rape. No diseases really showing yet but I suspect that I’m going to lose some of leaf 3 to latent septoria. Hey ho. All thanks to the Environment Agency declaring the South West as a “Drought region” in early April!
Over here in drought stricken and sunny Essex we only had 81mm, this doesn’t include the 25mm we had last night that goes into the May figures, our heavy clay will be a while drying out now and the fields ‘squelch’ as you walk on them. By squelch I mean that you can hear the soil up to 10 feet away (all around) sucking as you take a step.