While farmers out in the Alameda area are thinking of maybe turning a wheel in the fields as early as this weekend, the ground out towards Macoun could have farmers waiting a little while longer.

"I would be a little leery about going in the field this weekend yet but my target is sometime next week to try to get out there and do a little work at any rate, "says Kory Pick, who's farm is about halfway between Weyburn and Estevan. "...whether I'm seeding or not is to be determined yet but I'm looking to be out in the field next week doing something."

Some places further to the west experienced a little more snow than others in the southeast corner, and it means that there is a little more water laying in the fields than some other areas.

"It looks like there's some water sitting in low ground but fortunately the way the fall cooperated last year, we got a lot of field work done and those low spots are all worked and you can kind of see if there's water sitting in them or not."

"There'll no doubt be some potholes and sloughs to go around but right now I don't think it's going to be too terribly bad."

With how the winter seemed to drone on, it's given farmers plenty of time to get equipment serviced and some time to take a drive around and look at the fields, waiting for mother nature to let them into the fields when spring has officially been here for over a month.

"It's been kinda hard to realize because the month of April was so cold and then we got some snow and it didn't feel like spring until about a week ago."

As of now, even with the warm temperatures the southeast has seen this week, there's still a need for more heat and more time to help dry things out more until the fields are dry enough to pull in a full air drill. With only a week passing since the last shot of snow, even how minuscule as it was, it still sends a message.

"That means it's still cold which means the soil isn't warming up yet to go. I've sure noticed in the last number of days that there's weeds waking up, the grass in the yard is waking up, so it's finally getting to that temperature that it's waking up plants."

 

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