The wild rice harvest continues across northern Saskatchewan and should be wrapping up in the next two weeks.

The crop had a slow start with the late spring.

Since then, strong winds and rainfall have also had a negative impact on the plants.

La Ronge consultant Bill Plunz says overall production is expected to be a little under the 2013 harvest.

“Our last big, or what we would call a normal crop was 2012, Saskatchewan was down to about 1.3 million pounds of raw rice production last year in 2013 and so I’m looking at probably a little over a million to 1.2 million pounds this year,” he says.

Plunz says prices for raw rice were around 95 cents per pound earlier this summer but increased demand has pushed them to roughly $1.15 per pound.