Thanks to a several weeks of near-ideal weather, harvest had been progressing rapidly until a fairly general rain ranging from about half-an-inch to an inch-and-a-half passed through the Canora, Norquay, Kamsack, and Preeceville region early last week, said Mat Dennison of Prairie Soils on Thursday. Most farmers were able to start combining their crops at about the same time as usual or even a little earlier than normal, in mid to late August. Most yields have ranged from just below to just above average. For the most part, the Norquay area received more rain during the growing season, allowing the crops in the area to produce average to above average yields. The remainder of the region generally saw lower than average rainfall, resulting in crops with average to slightly below average yields. Denison said there are a few small pockets around the region with crops that yielded well above average, thanks to timely rains during the growing season. Due to the recent dry conditions, some canola has been harvested with as little as six per cent moisture content. Denison said the target moisture content for harvest is around 10 per cent in canola for safe storage. The recent rain should be helpful in that respect for any canola still to be harvested. An added benefit is that the extra moisture will increase yields somewhat.