It's almost the middle of April and East Central Alberta farmers still have no idea when they'll be able to get the equipment in their fields to plant this year's crop.
"It's hard to say right now because there's still all that snow out there," speculated Cal McGuckin, manager at Kneehill Soil Services in Drumheller. "A lot of guys are hoping they can be out there by the end of April, which is hard to say depending on the weather."
"I've seen it dried up in a short time because of the wind, Chinook winds or something like that, and it dries up fast" he offered. "So far, the farmers are just taking it in stride: they know that the moisture is out there with all this snow."
In 2016, spring seeding was delayed and some farmers were combining their crops as late as December. McGuckin hopes that isn't the case this year, and he notes a late seeding doesn't always mean a late harvest.
"None of them are too anxious right now, but if you talk to them at the end of April and we're still not in the fields for another little bit, I think some of them will be starting to get anxious."