News May 2019

Canada: Soggy weather already setting Prince Edward Island potato crop behind

At a time of year when farmers would normally be going flat out, most of their farm equipment Is sitting idle across P.E.I. this week as they wait for a break in the weather.

Harris Callaghan, a potato grower from Miminegash, said he doesn’t even have any grain in, let alone any land worked for potatoes. He estimates spring planting in western P.E.I. is already at least a week behind schedule and if the weather doesn’t soon turn, it will be two weeks behind.

Production is already lagging a little behind 2018, Callaghan said, pointing out farmers contended with a late spring last year, too. “It’s getting frustrating,” said P.E.I. Potato Board general manager Greg Donald.

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