This year's harvest is well on its way in Saskatchewan but it is about two weeks behind the usual date.
There is still a lot of crop standing in some areas because of the late spring rains. The rains delayed some of the farmers' seeding to early June. With this late start in harvest, farmers have been worried about getting their crops off in time to still get a good grade.
For some farmers, it is too late to still get a good grade because of the rain in early September. This turned some crops green again, and will set some farmers back even further. The rain bleached some of the colour out of the crops causing grade loss and costing farmers thousands of dollars.
Luckily, some farmers got their crops off ahead of this with little or no rain, giving them a high grade and high protein produce. The wheat fields are averaging about thirty to fifty bushels to the acre. It has dried enough once again for the farmers to get back out in the fields.
Now they are racing against the clock to get the crop in before a frost, or before the wildlife ruins the harvest. There will be a drastic drop in yield if the migratory birds get to it before the combines do.