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Flooding Inevitable In Saskatchewan

Above-average spring flooding will hit the southern Saskatchewan crop belt, assuming average weather conditions, the government of Canada’s top growing province of wheat, canola and oats said March 10.

Last spring and summer were the wettest on record in much of the Canadian Prairies. The flooding left behind saturated ground ahead of a winter that brought above-average snowfall.

The highest run-off of water from melting snow in 10 to 20 years is likely to happen in southeastern Saskatchewan, assuming normal precipitation and melting rate, the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority said. That region is home to canola-crushing plants owned by Richardson International and Louis Dreyfus, and much of Canada’s canola production.

Northeastern Saskatchewan will see above-normal flooding, the government said, although not as severe as areas farther south.

Pockets of southwestern and south-central Saskatchewan could also see well-above-normal spring flooding.

The Canadian Wheat Board has begun to move farmers’ stored grain out of areas expected to flood in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, although it expects fewer unplanted acres this year than in 2010.

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