The mixed bag of precipitation and temperatures that accompanied this spring has sewing conditions in very different states depending where farmers are in the province. That has the Agriculture Producers of Saskatchewan requesting the federal and provincial Ag Ministers to consider an extension to this year’s Saskatchewan Crop Insurance deadline. 

“This has truly been a unique year for trying to grow a crop,” APAS President Ian Boxall said. “There are some hard-hit areas in Saskatchewan that are really struggling to get going with their seeding due to too much moisture, when this time last year we were talking about it being far too dry.” 

The eastern parts of the province, both north and south, were subject to late snowfalls. Meanwhile, western parts of the province continue to experience dry conditions, in part from the lack of rainfall in the previous growing season.

“The world is waiting for a crop from Saskatchewan,” added Boxall in a release from APAS.. “This isn’t just a matter of farmers getting back a return on investment. This is a matter of world food security.”

The release goes on to say that Saskatchewan producers are hoping their investments will be recognized and that the levels of government will “meet the farmers halfway” by extending the Crop Insurance deadline for 2022.