October 19 - 25
Rain has been the word lately with precipitation recorded for 9 out of 11 days up to October 25th, although the total amount of rain has still been within the normal range. Rain means clouds and the clouds have kept the temperatures above normal by 4-6 C degrees at night for this time of year; there still hasn't been an absolute killer frost in all locations, rather, a series of 'almost killer' frosts that have gradually slowed the plants to a standstill. If there would have been some sunshine, some haylage could have been cut. Despite some puddles in the fields, the tile drainage has not been running and some farmers have been out combining - even a few plowing down corn stubble, which must be an expensive proposition for diesel fuel given the traction slippage.