Another Poor Wild Rice Harvest Expected

Monday, August 15, 2005 at 14:58



The roughly 200 wild rice harvesters in northern Saskatchewan are bracing themselves for another poor crop.


Unusually high water levels throughout the North have really hurt production this summer.


Agrologist Gerry Ivanochko says the rice failed to mature last year, but it at least grew. This year, he says the rice isn’t even growing.


This will be the second straight poor wild rice harvest in the North. The previous two years saw record crops. Those bumper crops created an over supply of rice that caused prices to plummet.


Ivanochko says rice inventories are very low now, so the prices should be rebounding to their normal levels.