The falling temperatures could make it an ideal time for livestock producers to seed forage stands, with hopes of having them stay dormant through the winter and germinate in the spring.
Regional Forage Specialist Rachel Turnquist says farmers should wait until the soil temperature drops below two degrees Celsius before seeding dormant stands to help reduce the risk of the seed germinating early when it warms up, and then dying when it freezes again.
"Usually this is after October 15th when the night temperatures stays below zero but the night temperature is more important than the date."
She added that's just one of the things to consider when dormant seeding.
"The dormant seeding stands can be susceptible to early spring frost, they can also be susceptible to rodents or birds that want to come and eat the seeds, and then some of the seed can end up in the spring runoff so feeding it to stubble will help reduce the chances of seed washing away in the spring."
Turnquist says producers should increase seeding rates by up to 25 per cent to counter over winter losses.