Conditions could change quickly, but at this point it appears that seeding will get a late start. There isn’t much snow left in southwestern Saskatchewan, but other areas still have a covering. Temperatures have remained below normal meaning the spring melt has been gradual with more moisture soaking into the ground. That’s good for grain producers, but it can create problems for cattle producers who rely on runoff to fill dugouts and dams. A late spring is not translating into a wet spring. More than half of the Saskatchewan grain belt has had below normal precipitation since last fall. Only a small area of the southeastern part of the province is sitting with above average precip. Looking at the neighbouring provinces, most areas of Manitoba are above average for winter precip, while most parts of Alberta have been dry. Generally speaking, producers in Saskatchewan and Alberta would welcome a good shot of moisture this month. Usually, significant moisture at this time of year ends up as wet snow rather than rain and of course that could further delay seeding activity. I’m Kevin Hursh.
Kevin Hursh, PAg, CAC