Saskatchewan

Sask. harvest barely advances thanks to rain, snow

Recent rain and snow has brought the Saskatchewan harvest to a virtual standstill, with only 81 per cent combined, according to the province's weekly crop report.

Only 81% of crop in the bin, Saskatchewan government says

Rain and snow has stalled the harvest across much of the grainbelt, including the Biggar area. (Submitted by Cheryl Grasdal)

Recent rain and snow has brought the Saskatchewan harvest to a virtual standstill, with only 81 per cent combined, according to the province's weekly crop report.

Compared to the five-year average for this time of year — 93 per cent — the harvest is well behind schedule.

That's bad news when the fields are wet and the mild days remaining in 2016 may be few and far between.

Much of the grain belt has received twice the usual amount of rain this year, according to Agriculture Canada.

Last week's crop report indicated the harvest was 80 per cent complete, so little progress has been made since.

The southeast is doing better than other areas, with around 89 per cent of the crop in the bin.

On the other hand, the east and west central areas are as low as 73 per cent.

There have been record wet conditions in southwestern Saskatchewan, as shown in this map by the purple colour that covers a wide area. (Agriculture Canada)

now