As the temperatures drop and the threat of snow hangs in the air, producers are intent on getting the last of the crops in the bin and getting ready for winter.

This includes the RM of Moose Creek. Howard Sloan, the Reeve of the area that includes the Town of Alameda says that things are pretty much wrapped up there.

"There's just some soybeans, sunflowers and a little bit of flax," he said, and shared what comes next.

"Some farmers are putting on fertilizer, working up the slow spots that are dry now and getting ready for next year."

Rumors abound around the southeast as to a shortage of feed resulting from the summer's arid weather creating poor pasture and hayland. However, Sloan thinks that his region will get by.

"It's hard to say. It is definitely down from last year and the year before. I think most producers made some green feed, oats and stuff like that to tide them over, so most everybody's going to have enough feed for the year with the exception of a few people."

Within the last month we've seen the return of moisture to the province, although the quantity varies widely across the region. While some areas report that they don't need any more, Sloan says that his RM could use another good dousing.

"We've gotta get some moisture back in for next year. We need to get a good rain this fall, and that would set us up well for next year."

"I know every producer I talk to is looking for that good, general 2-3 inch rain so that everybody can sleep a lot better all winter," he concluded.



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