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More rain swamps the Prairies

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

September 9, 2010 — Heavy rain and cool temperatures are making harvest production in the Prairies near impossible.

Heavy rain drenches the Prairies once again
Heavy rain drenches the Prairies once again

It's the last thing the Prairies need right now, especially after the drenching last weekend. More rain is soaking all three provinces setting harvest production behind schedule.

“The low is deepening in the Prairies with some places expected to see upwards of 50 mm of rain through Friday,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

Temperatures are also sitting below seasonal, adding to the list of weather concerns for farmers.

Just this week Environment Canada issued a frost warning for areas in southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba as temperatures were expected to dip below the freezing mark.

Heavy rain has flooded fields in Saskatchewan
Heavy rain has flooded fields in Saskatchewan

A spring and summer filled with heavy rain has left many fields soggy and saturated with water. Usually by this time of year close to 30 percent of the harvest is complete, but the wet and cool conditions in Saskatchewan has lead to only 13 percent completion.

Grant McLean is with the province's Ministry of Agriculture. He says the biggest challenge right now is that it's too wet to get into many of the harvest fields.

“And so it's a wait and see situation where we're looking at hopefully warmer, drier weather into the coming weeks.”

For more forecast details in your area, click on the Canadian cities index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where your long range forecast comes up at :06 and :36 past each hour.

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