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Crops downgraded as harvest continues across Saskatchewan

Crops downgraded as the 2016 Saskatchewan harvest nearly one-third complete.
Crops downgraded as the 2016 Saskatchewan harvest nearly one-third complete. Charlie Riedel / The Canadian Press/AP

Crops are being downgraded as the 2016 harvest continues across Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Agriculture said the downgrade in quality is due to weathering in the field and higher levels of disease compared to other years.

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Reports have come in of higher rates of sclerotinia in canola, fusarium in wheat and durum, and bleaching of cereals and pulses.

With the exception of lentils, yields are expected to be above the five- and 10-year averages.

According to the weekly crop report, 32 per cent of the crop has been combined and 38 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

This compares to the five-year average of 28 per cent combined for this time of year.

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Regionally, the southeast is furthest ahead with the harvest, with 48 per cent of the crop in the bin.

Across the province, 94 per cent of winter wheat, 85 per cent of field peas, 65 per cent of lentils, 26 per cent of durum, 23 per cent of spring wheat and 17 per cent of canola is combined.

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