Weather delays seeding

A field north of Moose Jaw. Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

Regional crops specialist says what farmers need in the Moose Jaw area is warmer temperatures

Wednesday’s rainfall is exactly what producers near Moose Jaw don’t need to get the ball rolling on seeding.

“We need more consistently warmer weather and for the overnight temperatures to improve as well,” said Shannon Friesen, regional crops specialist at the Saskatchewan Agriculture Knowledge Centre in Moose Jaw. “We need to get some sun, some warmth and some long days.”

However, she continued, there is no need to worry too much about not getting crops in, not yet anyway. While there is no hard and fast deadline for seeding, it would become concerning if in June the bulk of the crops aren’t in, especially in the southern part of the province.

“For us, we’ve never really had a huge issue with getting the crop in. Seeding can happen very quickly when it does,” said Friesen. “Last year at this time we were already well into the fields, but we also had a much warmer, earlier spring compared to this year. So certainly we are not late by any means and in fact we are probably right on schedule.”

When seeding can begin depends on the soil’s temperature.

For more on this, see the April 20, 2017 print or online edition of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald.