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High Water Levels Bad for Wild Rice

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This crop growing on Nemeiben River approximately 30 kilometres north of La Ronge is still thriving, but others haven't faired so well. Historically high water levels on the Montreal River System and others feeding into Lac La Ronge have drowned a number of wild rice crops in the area.

Lynn Riese, a major producer in the area, says his entire crop is gone. He estimated taking off nearly 400-thousand pounds and with that, a quarter of a million dollars. He's hoping inventory from last year can see him throw this year's disaster.

At this point the loss likely isn't widespread enough to have a huge impact on the overall market. Crops further north and around Meadow Lake and southern Manitoba still look promising.   

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