Winter cereal producers shouldn’t get too concerned about the crops just yet.
In some areas of the province, the crop went into fairly dry conditions, coupled with a lack of snowfall and temperature fluctuations have some people wondering just how it’s going to do.
The snow normally provides the much-needed insulation the crop needs against the cold weather.
Mark Akins, the new Chair of the Saskatchewan Winter Cereals Development Commission advises producers not to give up on the crop.
"The best thing I can tell growers is one be patient on your crop, and two keep doing the things you need to do to make sure the crop has every chance to succeed," he said. "I've had in the past where growers are worried about the crop, and then they don't do the fertilization they would normally do, or they don't do the wheat control that they would normally do and they end up having a thinner stand with struggling a little bit in the spring."
Akins, says producers shouldn’t write the crop off to early, wait until about mid-May and give it a chance.
"Growers need to get out there and do their wheat control and top up their fertility and give the plant every chance to recover that it possibly can."
Akins adds about 700 thousand acres of winter cereals were seeded last fall across the Prairies.