The warm weather that is forecast for the end of the week will be welcome. It isn’t uncommon to get snowstorms well into May, but this year has seen a lot of unseasonably cold weather. Last week’s crop report put Saskatchewan seeding progress at 23 per cent which is right on the five-year average. However, snowfall late in the week delayed seeding progress in many areas. There are producers on the eastern side of the province who haven’t turned a wheel yet. On the western side of the province, there has been substantial seeding progress, but early-seeded crops have been slow to emerge. Even weed growth is very slow. With the dry conditions in many western regions, it can be argued that the cool temperatures have helped preserve moisture. But crop development is certainly lagging. If the weather turns around, this cool spring may end up being inconsequential. If we get more days with freezing temperatures and more snowstorms, the slow start may end up problematic. I’m Kevin Hursh.

Kevin Hursh, PAg, CAC