Some frost overnight, but most farmers doing OK
Market gardens took a hit, however
There was frost across the province last night, but it's not necessarily a big problem for farmers.
Even though freezing is always a concern for farmers during the fall, the harvest is ahead of schedule in many areas, with more than half the crop in the bin.
Furthermore, the sub-zero temperatures that hit 14 communities did not dip down very far. The cold spot was Meadow Lake, where the mercury bottomed out at -2.5 C.
Daphne Cruise, an agrologist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, says most of the crops — such as canola, wheat and peas — can handle that kind of overnight freeze.
"The majority of the crop is kind of well into maturity, well past any frost damage, if we do see significant frost," she said. "Crops that were later seeded, like oats and flax, even there I think we'll see minimal damage."
Even so, Cruise says, farmers need dry weather for the next few weeks to finish up the harvest.
"We tend to take it week by week, and day by day, because we could get a lot of rainfall which causes quality issues," she said. "We could get high winds, which we saw last year, which blew canola swaths around and that impacted yield significantly in some areas."
The one exception in the farmbelt might be commercial market gardens growing crops like pumpkins and cucumbers.
One Qu'Appelle Valley farmer told CBC News he believes he might have lost 10 to 15 per cent of his vegetables overnight due to frost.