Sask. harvest will be down this year, StatsCan says

Saskatchewan will not be enjoying another record harvest this year, Statistics Canada says.

Wheat production expected to decline 27%

Saskatchewan will not be enjoying another record harvest this year, Statistics Canada says.

According to a StatsCan crop production report out today, wheat production is expected to fall 27 per cent.

Canola is expected to be off 23 per cent from 2013 levels.

The reason: fewer acres seeded and lower yields per acre.

As well, rainy weather that flooded millions of acres has also dampened prospects for a good crop.

Meanwhile, the provincial government has been saying crop development is behind schedule in some areas.

With the harvest just beginning, more warm weather is needed, the province says.

With cooler weather on the way, the Saskatchewan crop is up to two weeks behind normal development in certain areas, the provincial Agriculture Ministry says.