The Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association is taking steps to keep snowmobilers away from crops still left in the field.
Snowmobiling is a popular pastime in Saskatchewan, but farmers are hoping riders take the time to check fields for unharvested crop.
There is an estimated 1.5 million acres that will have to be combined in the spring.
Harvest will be much more difficult if the swaths have been trampled and spread around by snowmobiles.
To make it easier to identify that land, the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association, Farm Credit Canada and Sask Crop Insurance have made more than 1200 signs that says ”crops in fields–please keep off and respect our farmers.”
The CEO of the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association, Chris Brewer, says snowmobilers need to understand the crop is the livelihood of these producers that is lying in the field.
He says farmers need the crop in the bin to help pay bills and take care of their families.
The signs will assist snowmobilers identify fields that still have crop on them.
Brewer says there are approximately 65,000 snowmobilers in the province. Some use the 10,000 kilometre trail system, but other prefer travelling around the countryside.
“The old saying is that if you don’t know, don’t go.”
Snowmobile association members will post the signs on local land.
Farmers can also pick them up at Farm Credit Canada District offices in Kindersley, Rosetown, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and North Battleford.