October 13, 2016 1:25 pm

Harvest comes to a standstill in Saskatchewan

Rain and snow combine to bring harvest to a standstill in Saskatchewan.

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Winter weather has stalled the harvest in Saskatchewan.

According to the latest Saskatchewan Agriculture crop report, 81 per cent of the crop is combined, up only one percentage point from the previous week.

The five-year average for this time of year is 93 per cent combined.

READ MORE: Snow brings harvest to standstill in Saskatchewan, southern Alberta

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Another 15 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Significant rain and snow in most parts of the province over the past week impacted the harvest.

Many areas reported at least 25 millimetres of rain before the snow started coming down on Oct. 2.

READ MORE: Bad harvest conditions hurting western Canadian farmers

What farmers need now is warm and dry weather as conditions are very wet, which will make it slow going once they get back into the fields.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated 55 per cent surplus and 45 per cent adequate, while hay land and pasture topsoil is rated 32 per cent surplus and 68 per cent adequate.

Producers do not expect to be back in the fields for several days, even with a forecast of sunny weather.

Along with lodging due to the rain and snow, farmers are reporting grade loss due to bleaching and sprouting.

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