Farmers in South East Saskatchewan have currently been under a dry spell this season. 

"There really hasn't been any big delays or anything like that and things are quite dry so there's not a lot of slues that circle around or anything, it's just kinda back and forth, corner to corner a lot of fields," shared Kory Pick whose farm in halfway between Weyburn and Estevan. 

"We could definitely use a rain, it's getting dry. Certain scenarios or places like where the seeds not necessarily getting moisture now in places. We could definitely use a nice good 2-3 days soak in rain, that would be welcome for pretty well everybody. I think no matter where you're at in your seeding it would be a welcome sight."

With the dry season, farmers are starting to get to the half way point with their crops. 

"Us personally, we are just over the hump I guess you'd call it a little over half. I know a few guys that have just started wrapping up even," stated Kory. 

Kory explained that this year he has planted peas, durum, canola and soy beans. 

"I'm on my last field of durum and I'm switching over to canola and get rolling on that, then I've got a bit of soy beans to do after that. Peas are in and they're actually out of the ground already." 

"I usually roll out around 5:30-6 and it depends on the day for where I'm finishing up, but usually I shut down around 9, try to time it out so we fill the drill last thing. I don't go after dark unless if I'm trying to beat a rain or finish up a piece. Usually this time of year there's a lot of day light hours to run," he explained. 

"I have been going through some flats that I have not been near in years. Because last fall was dry, we spent a lot of time after harvest cleaning up low ground, working up flats and everything like that. It's always a gamble of are you going to get the seed, are you going to be able to get into them. All of the work last fall is paying off now because we are seeding high sort of fields, that 2 days ago it's 3 quarters farmed is one field and we got 100 acres more over last year on it. There's some massive big flats and they were all c;leaned up, we sprayed them, cleaned them, we had them all looking nice. Then you think "do we get them?" This year we did."

"I know I've seen lots of fields, bigger acres verses previous years. Some fields that you  seldom move any acres, there's just slues that stay that way and the acres don't vary much."

"I've had several fields where I've gotten 10-15 acres more over previous years. There's some of these big fields, that yeah these big flats that have since the flooding years have just been untouchable and now they've dried up and they might be wet again next year. You kind of seed them when you can and we've got a flat on some land, we haven't been on it in 10 years and it's dry right now so we're going to do something with it."

"I'd really like a rain delay but other wise we'll keep pounding away and get her done." 

 

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