As the weather gets warmer, farmers in the surrounding area are getting ready to start seeding. 

Sue Knox and her family farm a mile north of Moose Jaw as well as in the Pasqua area and are busily preparing for the start of the season. 

"We are usually on the land on the first or second of May, then finish up around the beginning of June depending on rain and other circumstances," Knox explained. "It usually takes us a month of steady work."

Knox is hoping the lingering snow will have put extra moisture into the ground after last year's dry spell.

"We've got more snow than we have had in the last three or four years, so hopefully that gives us a good start!"

Knox's family farms 5 and a half to six sections every year. This year, they plan to grow soybeans, durum, peas, and small and large green lentils. 

Knox mentioned that many factors come into play when they are deciding which crops to grow for that year. 

"Crop rotation is usually the biggest thing, as well as the moisture content in the ground," Knox remarked. "[It's about] trying to keep things rotated appropriately, but also utilizing the moisture levels available."

Farmers around the surrounding area have a later start this year due to the longer winter. Knox is worried about the pushback and the effect it could have on the crops. 

"If things go per normal, we usually have one early freeze-up," Knox mentioned. "If things aren't ripe and ready to take off, you run the risk of damage to the crop that is left there."

Knox is hoping that the season will shift together and give them a longer growing season as September draws nearer.