As city folk, we tend not to think, let alone worry about the open fields outside the confines of our tightly knit city. But go for a 30-kilometre drive in almost any direction outside of Moose Jaw and clouds of worry may form in your mind.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
A sizeable inland lake has formed in an area about 10 kilometres east of Tuxford. It has swallowed a section of Highway 202, as well as a grid road, making it challenging for local residents to commute and maintain their agricultural livelihoods.
No, a zombie invasion isn’t on the horizon, and no, there aren’t bats swooping down to scare you and your children during the daytime.
What you’ll see is much more relevant to you and the people that own the lands that you drive past.
You will see puddles, and not just any puddles, but ones that cover massive cross sections of farmers’ fields.
The massive rainfalls that flooded areas of Southeastern Saskatchewan at the end of June still ring through in our minds, but in region around Moose Jaw, we have also received our fair share of rain.
In some cases too much rain has fallen, leaving farmers like those east of Tuxford unsure what proportion of their crops will be awash by the time harvesting season rolls around.
So, how does this affect us city dwellers?
Come autumn, fewer crops harvested, such as flax, corn, canola and peas, could result in higher costs for us consumers when we head to the grocery store. That $3 loaf of bread could rise to $3.50.
While that may not seem like a significant cost increase, that’s just one time purchased one time. Multiply that by the number of loaves of bread you consume and your wallet is going to be pinched for much more than you expected.
So while the province’s Agriculture Knowledge Centre is calling for just a small sprinkling of moisture to assist producers (one or two inches), a number of farmers around Moose Jaw would like to avoid rain altogether until their flooded fields are no longer underwater.
Only then might they be able to begin the work that comprises their livelihood, and helps supply consumers with necessities that contribute to stocking the grocery stores that we shop at.
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