Weather taking its toll on Sask. harvest

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Recent storm activity and heavy winds have taken their toll on the year's harvest.

"With the heavy rains and strong winds we've received, some crops have lodged and when we have lodging, we have difficulties with combining, swathing and everything else," said Shannon Friesen with the Agriculture Knowledge Centre in Moose Jaw. "It is taking a long time for the crop to dry down ... (the storms) are just delaying everything even more."

Producers were already facing delays as a result of the late seeding of several crops, due to poor weather earlier in the year, among other factors.

Friesen said that even with "nice, warm and dry weather," progress will still be behind schedule.

"Crop development is anywhere from one to two weeks behind where it would normally be at this time," she said.

She said that while some producers will still pull off an "average" year, others may be cashing in on their crop insurance.

"For the most part, things are looking average, which is better than we thought they would be a few weeks ago," added Friesen.

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Organizations: Agriculture Knowledge Centre

Geographic location: Sask., Moose Jaw

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