So what could be the hot potato in the industry for 2018?
That’s what farmers and industry representatives were trying to find out last Wednesday afternoon at Brent Kelly Farms in East Delta. More than 200 people were on hand for the annual BC Potato & Vegetable Growers’ Association’s Potato Variety Trial with seed growers from Alberta, PEI as well as Pemberton, Delta and across the Fraser Valley attending. “This is our demonstration field day where 92 varieties were presented for local growers to observe and look at, decide if it is a variety that can grow here and if they want to try it,” said Heather Meberg with ES Crop Consult. “This is sort of a sneak peek and it gives the growers an idea compared to industry standards how do some of the newer varieties look.” Meberg said the event is an important one because it gives farmers access to a lot of varieties that are grown in the exact same conditions. Meberg said it was too early to say what variety presented was the top pick, but she did say she was hearing positive talk about some reds, yellows and some Russets. More