Most Saskatchewan farmers have been asking for rain for months and a recent downpour is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Dan Howell said a storm went through Lumsden last weekend dropped up to two-and-a-half inches of rain.
“It’ll be very significant,” said Howell. “We’ve just gone through two days of +30 degree temperature and you could see the crops suffering and the grass and the pasture suffering so it was like a breath of fresh air.”
It is funny how things can change in a year. Howell has been dealing with flooding on his property for the last few years.
Howell told News Talk Radio in June he never thought he’d be asking for rain at this point last year.
Now, he is hoping for a couple more downpours before the end of August but he does not have an exact number in mind when it comes to precipitation.
“I mean, it depends on how hot and dry it gets from here on in,” said Howell
“In the best-case scenario, you know, if we could have one more in late July and another one in August then we probably want it to quit so we can get the grains harvested and in good shape and quality.”
Howell is expecting an average yield this year which is good news considering how dry the spring started.
“We’re feeling very fortunate.”