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The latest crop report shows Saskatchewan's 2009 harvest is falling behind due to wet weather. ((CBC))

Saskatchewan farmers have moved from hoping for rain to cursing showers as cold wet weather is hampering the 2009 harvest.

The latest crop report shows many farmers are late with harvesting operations.

According to numbers provided Thursday by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, 76 per cent of this year's crops had been combined as of the end of last week. That is up only slightly from the previous reporting period when 72 per cent was combined.

"Persistent wet and cool conditions brought harvest to a standstill in most areas," the report said. "Farmers are worried that these conditions may significantly downgrade the unharvested crops."

The report noted wind, rain and frost were the major causes of crop damage.

Farmers with unharvested fields are hoping for a string of sunnier days and warmer temperatures.