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Latest Snowmelt Will 'Help Kickstart The Crop'

With snow blanketing much of the Prairies this week, farmers are now waiting to see how much of that moisture will soak into the fields.
 
Anne Kirk is a cereal specialist with Manitoba Agriculture & Resource Development.
 
"The snowfall is definitely a huge blessing for people. Anyone that got snow, I think it was very welcome because soil conditions were fairly dry prior to the snowfall. It really just depends on where you are located. Anywhere from say 25-30 cm down to 7 cm is what I've heard. In general, it's a 10 to 1 ratio so people that got 25 cm of snow that would be about an inch of water."
 
Kirk says the only downfall of the snow is that some of it may have blown off the field.
 
Winter wheat will also benefit from the moisture, according to Alex Griffiths with Ducks Unlimited.
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