07/13/2015 04:15 EDT | Updated 07/13/2015 04:59 EDT

Drought-Ridden Saskatchewan Faces Its Worst Harvest In Years

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REGINA — The harvest in Saskatchewan is looking discouraging due to the heat and lack of rain.

Bill Gehl of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission says crops are flowering much earlier than usual.

That will mean a poorer yield.

Gehl says some areas could produce an average crop because of some moisture from thundershowers.

But he says it's too late for many farmers, even if it rains now.

Saskatchewan Agriculture says canola and other moisture-sensitive crops are the hardest hit.

"There are going to be areas that are going to be OK, areas that might be average and then areas that are going to be significantly below average, so I think we're going to have a bit of a mixed bag,'' Gehl said.

"Generally, it's beginning to look like we're going to have a below- average crop.''

Saskatchewan had bumper harvests in the last two years.

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