US: Despite dry season, Maine potato crop looks good

As the potato season in Maine is coming to an end, John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist for the University of Maine is reflecting on the season and what the harvest might bring in a news item by WABI TV5. “If growers didn’t irrigate this year in Aroostook County, yields might be a little lower, but the quality should be good and if they were able to irrigate timely, I think they’ll do just fine,” John Jemison said. While most of Maine has experienced drought like conditions, that’s not necessarily the case for all regions. However, no matter what crop farmers are trying to grow, most have felt the brunt of a dry August, especially potato farmers. “What we would like to have is more consistent moisture throughout the season because what happens when you get a flush of water and it gets dry and then you get a flush of water, some of the potato quality can suffer from that.” More