Canada: Prince Edward Island’s potato crop average to below average, but good prices expected

Arlene McKenna, from left, Audrey Gray and Catherine Blanchard scan Ranger variety potatoes crossing a grading table at a storage warehouse in Alma Tuesday. They were expecting their employer, Craig and Johnny Wallace, to complete the 2017 harvest by Wednesday.  ©JOURNAL PIONEER/Eric McCarthyPrince Edward Island’s potato harvest is down to its final few hundred acres. P.E.I. Potato Board general manager Greg Donald estimated Monday there are probably fewer than a dozen growers with potatoes still in the ground. If the weather co-operates, he figures they’ll all wrap up this week. Despite the dry weather, Donald said some growers, especially in eastern P.E.I. and some parts of central P.E.I., are reporting average yields. Yield, however, is down in western P.E.I., where the least amount of rain fell and the most potatoes are planted. John Griffin estimates the yield for WP Griffin Inc. is down about 20 per cent this year, and the yield for most of the growers, who supply his company’s packing house, is likely down 15 to 20 per cent, but he is appreciative. “With the dry weather, it’s a wonder we got any yield,” he reflected. More