Despite the southeast receiving another dump of snow over the weekend, producers are turning a wary eye on spring due to the trend of dry weather.
However, another half of winter is still yet to come, and RM of Brock Reeve Paul Cameron noted that farmers in his area aren't overly concerned yet.
"You've gotta be optimistic if you're going to be in an industry like this," he said, revealing that his jurisdiction saw 3 inches Friday overnight into Saturday, though more will be needed.
"There was no moisture in this snow that happened, it was all fluffy stuff."
That said, savings have been seen in the RM as a result of the bare ground.
"I believe we've saved quite a bit of money on snow removal and things like that. We've been able to put most of our men back to work in the shop, repairing and maintaining our equipment, which is always a good sign. The way the conditions were in early fall to early winter, the guys were still able to go out and grade some of the intersections. Some of the washboards were getting pretty bad because there was no snow cover on it, so we sent them out to keep that going in one shape or another," Cameron shared.
The extremely cold weather frequently seen over the past few weeks has also had it's advantages.
"With no snow cover here in our area the frost has dropped down, some people saying 4 to 5 feet right now. It's hardened everything up, and might just take us a little longer to warm up in the spring time, but it's definitely done it's job one way or the other."
The Reeve added that the funds that they are saving are so far being put aside as a standby amount.