10/10/2013 11:16 EDT | Updated 12/10/2013 05:12 EST

Record Crop Year For Saskatchewan, Agriculture Minister Predicts

A stag stands in a neck high field of canola north of Cremona, Alberta, Sunday, July 31, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

REGINA - Saskatchewan's agriculture minister says this year’s crop will be the biggest ever recorded.

Lyle Stewart held a news conference Thursday at his farm just north of Pense where he was finishing up a flax field.

After completing a few laps in his combine, Stewart stopped and talked to local media about the kind of growing season it’s been.

He says it started out looking like a very difficult year, with a late spring and a lot of water.

But he says farmers worked under very difficult circumstances across the province and got the crop in when there was still some snow around.

A cold summer didn’t help much either, though Stewart says it helped the canola yields by keeping the plants from blooming too early.

With 89 per cent of the province’s crops in the bin, Stewart predicts this will be a year that all other crops will be measured by.

“It looks like it’s going to be an all-time record crop around the province, and good quality too,” he said. “So kudos to our guys out there that are doing this job in kind of a difficult growing season.”

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