The CBC reports that the cold, wet spring weather may feel like the enemy to many P.E.I. farmers, but this winter’s freeze-thaw cycle has actually helped to eliminate what could have been a significant problem for the spring planting.
Island farmers left almost 7,000 acres of potatoes in the ground last fall after heavy rain and cold temperatures put a damper on the 2018 harvest, and the remains of all those potatoes are still in the fields — or, they were.
“Over at least three-quarters of the Island, there wasn’t good snow cover and that freezing, thawing and rain and the really cold weather that we had, we ended up with a really deep frost,” said Greg Donald, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board.
“That took care of most of the [potatoes] that were left and basically caused them to go to mush so they’re not viable.”