News May 2019

Freeze-thaw cycle helps clear potatoes left in Prince Edward Island fields after fall harvest

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.”

Full report by Nancy Russel on the CBC here