|Written by Neil Billinger|
|Monday, 11 June 2012 13:17|
West-central and northwest Saskatchewan received substantial amounts of rain over the weekend.
Environment Canada reports at least 50 millimetres (two inches) fell in Saskatoon. Amounts west of the city were higher. Delisle and Biggar had about 75 millimetres, while some areas south of North Battleford were close to 100 millimetres.
"There is water in some of the flats," said Terry Ardell with Ardell Seeds at Vanscoy. "I think we are past our saturation point for sure."
Aerial pictures posted on the internet show quite a bit of water in low-lying areas, which is creating concern about emerging crops.
"They won't do very well unless the water dissipates within a few days, they'll die off," said Keith Nachtegaele, a North Battleford area farmer. "The other areas should be okay as long as they don't get too much more rain."
Further north and east, about 40 millimetres of rain fell in the Medstead and Spiritwood areas. A few low-lying areas are underwater, but farmers are pleased with the emerging crop. Erin Tollefson with Cavalier Agrow describes the crop as ''excellent".
There was not quite as much rain in east-central and northeast Saskatchewan, but the soil remains very wet.
"Since April 1st, we have received close to 12 inches of rain," reports Zenneth Faye, a Foam Lake area farmer. "Our farm is about 80 to 85 per cent seeded, but some of that is drowned out."
Environment Canada is forecasting more rain and showers starting on Wednesday and continuing for the rest of the week.