A return to warmer temperatures has given crops a boost and allowed some farmers to get on with silaging.
Leinster Farm Machines in Ireland had what must be one of the first foragers to be working in Ireland last week, picking up 28 hectares (70 acres) of grass near Drogheda.
Farmers Guardian’s weather expert Dr Simon Keeling said some farmers had been lucky enough to make good use of the dry weather window, but conditions were expected to worsen throughout the week.
"Busy days ahead for silage making, and as ever the weather is not making things easy for us," said Dr Keeling.
"Tuesday sees drizzle at first across more southern parts of England and Wales, but it is going to be drying through the day. Heavy showers in western Scotland, but the east is dry.
"Then a better day for Wednesday with dry conditions for all and some sunny spells."
Dr Keeling said farmers should ‘make the most of it’ as things were due to turn wet on Thursday across most of England, Wales and Ireland although Northern and Central Scotland will stay mostly dry.
"Friday should be a drier one, and then we head into a mixed weekend," he added.