Wet farmland puts producers behind on seeding
More than half the crop is in the ground, but Saskatchewan farmers are still way behind the average for this time of year.
This week's crop report shows 54 per cent has been planted across Saskatchewan, compared to the average 72 per cent.
Farmers have made significant gains in the west and north in the last week, but producers in the east and south are still having issues because of the recent rain.
Jason LaBlanc farms 96 quarters between the RMs of Estevan and Cambria. He said his land wasn’t really affected by all the rain, but the sloughs are looking more like lakes.
“It’s definitely a devastating year and it just happens to be in this area so it becomes frustrating as well but that’s a part of farming—you have to be man enough to take the good with the bad, I guess.”
LaBlanc said even his 75-year-old father has never seen spring runoff like this before. There’s so much water in fact, that you cannot get to the land anyway.
“There is not one road that is passable in the entire RM now.”
LaBlanc said the land that’s been seeded should be alright, but he still expects to lose millions this year.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Karin Yeske.