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Sask. harvest nearly complete

Farmers in all regions of Saskatchewan have their latest crop about 99 per cent harvested, the provincial ag ministry said Thursday in its second-last crop report of 2010.

The data, covering Oct. 19 up until Monday, wouldn’t yet cover the point this week when farm work ground to a halt under rain in some parts of the province and a snowstorm Tuesday and Wednesday.

The 99 per cent provincewide average beats the five-year (2005-09) average of 96 per cent for this point in the year, although this year’s harvest includes substantially fewer acres than most due to excess moisture.

Last year at this time, the ag ministry said Thursday, the province’s farmers had 79 per cent of the crop in the bin, and another 17 per cent swathed or ready to straight-combine.

Where possible, farmers this week are busy trying to finish up fall work, the province said.

That includes harvesting, baling, hauling bales and grain, cleaning corrals, fixing fences, bringing cattle home from pasture and working sloughs that were too wet to seed this spring.

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