For farmers across the region, the timely snowfall earlier this month was a welcome sight providing plenty of farmland with much-needed moisture.
While some producers received more moisture than others, the snow was largely welcomed by both producers who have begun seeding and producers who have not.
Craig Roy, who farms around Moosomin, says he is thankful for the moisture but noted the high winds that accompanied the snow took away moisture from the fields.
“Conditions are pretty good at the moment. The snow was appreciated, but the wind blew it off the higher land so some spots got more snow than others with the wind taking it into the bush and slough areas. There’s moisture there to get started, but we’re going to need some timely rains,” Roy said.
“It was dry and it’s still dry, we only have moisture in that top five to six inches of subsoil. We used that all up last year so we’re going to need some timely rains to keep a good crop going.”
One concern noted by Roy has been the accessibility of parts and supplies due to COVID-19.
He says that while he has not been affected by it yet, he has heard these concerns from other producers.
“We haven’t run into any troubles running out of supplies, but I’ve heard of that from others. We are just getting into the spring seeding season so we might just find out the hard way on that. So far so good, though. We’ve had a few things delayed but nothing too serious.
“With the current restrictions that are in place, we’ve had them in place long enough that we’ve gotten used to how the system flows and how things work with respect to having to wear masks when we get parts or supplies, and then, of course, our safe distancing at work. But a lot of our work is outside so it’s a little bit different than indoors. It hasn’t affected us a whole lot yet though.”
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