Soaking farmland is still pushing back the growing season in Saskatchewan.
The snow and rain last week took a toll on the melt. Now a little less than half of Saskatchewan's cropland -- 40 per cent -- is still too wet to be able to do anything with it.
So farmers are calving, cleaning seed, and prepping machinery -- doing everything they can to get ready for seeding.
In some cases, farmers are already three weeks behind when they would normally have started.
They have been growing trees for prairie farmers for 111 years but time is running out for the Indian Head Tree Nursery and Shelterbelt Program.
The federal government decision to cut funding to the program in this year’s budget and sell it to the private sector sparked an outcry from agriculture groups across the prairies. They formed the Western Canada Tree Nursery Coalition aiming to keep the program in public hands.
Saskatchewan cattle ranchers are paying close attention to a key deadline in Canada-U.S. trade relations.
The Americans were given until May 23 to bring their system of Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) into compliance with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules prohibiting discrimination against imported products.
COOL was implemented in 2008. It requires any cut of meat from an imported animal to bear a label indicating where it came from before it can be sold in an American grocery store.
Honey bee populations have seen a fairly high mortality rate in Saskatchewan in the past five years.
Geoff Wilson, provincial specialist in apiculture -- or beekeeping -- said that an average of 23 percent mortality has plagued many beekeepers in the province over the term.
This year, anywhere from five to 90 percent of honey bee populations have faced mortality from reports coming into Wilson.
The extended winter weather has not helped either, according to Wilson.
While producers in southwest Saskatchewan are already seeding, farmers elsewhere are waiting for the fields to dry, and in some places, for the snow to melt.
"It's certainly going to have its challenges, but every spring has its challenges," said Grant McLean with the Ministry of Agriculture.
Producers McLean has spoken with have not altered their seeding plans so far due to the weather, though many are anxious for work to begin. While machines are usually in the field by now, McLean says its still too early to write off the season.
A dozen train cars lay on their sides, blocking a grid road near Pense a day after a train jumped the tracks at a grid road crossing.
On Wednesday, crews were working to clear the scene and trying to re-lay the tracks.
The CN Rail train derailed at around 7 a.m. Tuesday. Warren Chandler, a spokesman with CN Rail, said they don't send out press releases when a derailment happens.
Chandler said the cars were carrying fertilizer.
"Seven of the fertilizer cars were leaking solid, granular fertilizer, which is not classified as a dangerous product."
A family of mule deer has been attracting a lot of attention in Prince Albert.
They've been spotted several times along Cook Drive. Conservation officers confirm the family has been living near the golf course. Despite the public attention, the deer appear quite comfortable.
"Animals have that instinctive knowledge to know what is a threat and what isn't a threat. Generally people here in the city are quite happy to see wildlife and therefore they don't get the sense that humans are a predator," said Conservation Officer Casey Howey.
There has been some growing concern of a possible diesel shortage due to a much shorter seeding season.
"There was talk of a shortage if everbody gets to seeding at the same time and has a full seeding season," said President of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) Norman Hall.
That doesn't seem to be the case so far this year as areas round Lethbridge have begun seeding, with that trend slowly moving east.
You could say the roots of the Indian Head Tree Nursery and Prairie Shelterbelt Program run deep. Almost every farm in Western Canada, from the Peace River areas in BC to Manitoba, has trees and shrubs which started out as seedlings at the nursery east of Regina.
The 2012/2013 Federal Budget put an axe to the program. However, agricultural minister Gerry Ritz ensured at the time that the intention was was to transfer the nursery to new operations, fully functional.
A 58-year-old man died after falling in a bin of canola late Thursday morning at a farm just north of Yorkton.
People from neighbouring farms worked with emergency crews to get the man out, but he died at the scene.
RCMP don't consider his death suspicious. The matter has been turned over to the coroner's office.