It may be too early to tell if seeding will be delayed in the area due to the cold conditions that seem to drag on. However, many producers are not feeling the panic yet.
"This winter seems to be holding on to the bitter end," shared Daphne Cruise, crop extension specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture in Moose Jaw, "so as far as field work goes within the province, right now there is very little. There is a little bit of field work happening in the southwest but that would be things more like rock picking and harrowing maybe."
She adds that in that area, some producers are looking to start within the week.
"But for the rest of the province, some places are under a lot of snow cover. We are getting some melting of course but the freezing temperatures at night definitely slow that down."
"We are behind, about 1-2 weeks, especially those in the south, typically in the southern parts of the province at this time, we have 2%-3% seeded."
However, she added that no one is panicking just yet.
"I think the later we get, the more of a concern it becomes. That being said, there are years, in the last ten years when we started late and depending on how the growing season goes, we're really no much later when it comes to harvest. But typically when we're a week late or two weeks late at seeding, we're that one to two weeks later at harvest time as well."
"If we get a little further into May and we're not seeing as much progress as we'd like, we might see farmers wanting to think about changing some of the crops they were going to put into a shorter season crop for maturity. But at this time it's too early to tell if that will happen and we just have to play it by ear."
"Hopefully this next week we are going to get some plus temperatures and that will hopefully speed things up."
"As soon as the ground can support equipment I'm sure our farmers will be out there trying to get some preseeding work done and even some seeding."