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Wet weather continues to slow down harvest

Harvest is moving at a slower than average pace as regional producers wait on warm, dry weather to assist crop maturity, according to Saskatchewan’s weekly crop report.

The northwest region, which includes Lloydminster, has ten per cent of crops combined, which is an increase of seven per cent last week. The region still sits far behind the five-year average of 26 per cent for this time of year. An additional, 50 per cent of crops are ready to straight-cut.

With most of the region seeing rainfall this week, Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 70 per cent adequate and 30 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 75 per cent adequate, 16  per cent short and nine per cent very short.

Farmers are busy moving cattle and bales and continuing with harvest operations as crop maturity and weather permit.

The province now has 23 per cent of crops in the bin, sitting far behind the five-year average of 50 per cent for this time of year.

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