The weekend storm brought with it a lot of moisture as the system was close to the freezing mark, causing any snow that fell to quickly turn to water.

That meant the moisture could be absorbed by farmland immediately, rather than running the risk of it running off as it could have in a colder system.

It's especially good news for farmers, as moisture levels were severely low after last year's dry spring and summer ran through most moisture reserves.

Agrologist Edgar Hammermeister details the good and the bad of the new moisture farmers are finding in their fields.

"What it means for the farmers, out northwest of Estevan, there's precipitation received and it's going to be soaking into the fields and that's going to help out with the recharge. Out here in Alameda and to the east, we are getting quite wet and there's getting to be some standing water around. It's gonna be a far more inconvenient seeding now than it was just 10 days ago even."

While snowfall accumulations aren't available due to a service disruption reported from Environment Canada, one measurement showed 33 cm of precipitation near Maryfield.

All this moisture does mean that farmers will have to push back some of their operations in the southeast until the moisture starts to dry up.

"It's gonna be approximately two weeks at a minimum here in the Alameda area before there's going to be any activity. Maybe northwest of Estevan, they can get going a little bit earlier, but this weekend they've got more moisture forecasted for us. It all depends on how it materializes because we're just not having drying weather right now."

That could end up affecting yield potential as crops have less time to grow if they're planted later on in the year.

At the very least this moisture is much more welcome than last year's drought conditions, says Hammermeister.

"I guess that's what makes farming so interesting every year, is all the variables. If farmers can get on the land they'll be happy about the moisture received, absolutely. But it won't be long before everybody's going to say 'okay, that's good for now. Let us get the on the land and get the crop in the ground'."

Hammermeister says that even if we end up with another dry summer, this moisture will at least give farmers a reserve that they can draw on.

He also reminds people that once those farm operations start, machinery will be moving around highways and roads, and stresses that people should be aware and cautious of any slow-moving farm machinery.