It could be a very busy weekend for local farmers..
According to the latest crop report, only one per cent of spring seeding is complete in the northeast and east central parts of the province. Provincially five per cent of the 2011 crop is seeded.
"Some areas reported rain anywhere up to 20 (millimeters), so the topsoil moisture is still pretty wet, they're indicating about 61 per cent is still in a surplus condition, so it's very challenging for the producers," explained Saskatchewan Agriculture's Grant Maclean.
Farmers continue to play the waiting game, this week, in hopes to see drier pastures.
It has been next to impossible for them to begin spring seeding due to fields being just too wet.
Farmworld's Tex Prete says farmers in Melfort and the Kinistino area are being patient.
After a record harvest, it seems many farmers in Saskatchewan were more willing to open up their wallets at a recent farm auction.
At 38.4 million tonnes, it’s the largest crop Saskatchewan has ever produced.
On Wednesday, Statistics Canada released its November report on principal crop production that showed that this year’s crop is the largest Saskatchewan has ever produced.
Their estimates show a 40 per cent overall increase in production from 2012, which is about one-and-a-half times the 10-year production average and outpaces goals set by the province for 2020 by nearly 2 million tonnes.
A group of men joke as they sit around a table at the local union building in Lanigan, but the topic they're discussing is no laughing matter.
People in town are still grappling with the shocking news that 240 workers were laid off from the town's potash mine Tuesday morning.
PotashCorp is cutting its workforce by about 18 per cent with the biggest hits here at home in Saskatchewan.
The company announced Tuesday morning that about 440 positions will be lost in the province. Another 605 positions will be eliminated worldwide.
"It's a tough day for the company," said Bill Doyle, PotashCorp's president and chief executive. "This is not something that we ever wanted to see but it's responding to market conditions and making sure we do the right thing for the company going forward."
After all the numbers were tallied, and the cattle tagged organizers are calling 2013's Canadian Western Agribition a resounding success.
"Free admission on Monday combined with an expanded trade show, live stage entertainment and a family atmosphere contributed to the success of this year's show," said Reed Andrew, president of the CWA, in a news release.
The province insists its budget remains right on track despite a couple of bumps along the line.
The mid-year report released today says a surplus is still expected on both sides of the ledger despite the expectation that government revenues will come in nearly $34 million lower than originally predicted.
Another year has gone by for the Canadian Western Agribition.
The show wrapped up Friday with a number of different events, including a heavy horse demonstration and dog sports.
CEO Marty Seymour said he’s happy with how the show panned out.
“I would say we had another outstanding show. We think it might be the best one yet,” he said, adding that official attendance numbers won’t be released for another week or two.
Sooner, a mare who will become a training horse for students, doesn't even notice as needles are gently stuck into her back and side at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.
"If the horse is a good acupuncture candidate, they seem to relax," said Dr. Steve Manning, associate professor in the large animal clinical sciences department at the U of S vet college.
Manning took a course in horse acupuncture from the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and has watched the treatment grow in popularity.