Harvest Advances at Snail's Pace

REGINA - Oct 4/18 - SNS -- Farmers are struggling to complete this year's harvest, with progress hampered by another week of cool and wet weather across much of Saskatchewan.

The latest crop progress report from Saskatchewan Agriculture noted the 73% of the crop is now in the bin, behind the recent five year average of 78% and well behind last year, when the harvest was 89% complete by the end of September. Another 20% of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

"Frequent snow and rain have delayed progress in many areas, and fields remain wet. Warm, dry and windy days are needed soon to allow producers to return to the field," the provincial agriculture department said. "Crop quality has been affected by the recent moisture and downgrading is expected at the elevator."