News September 2019

Canada: Less than 1 percent of Prince Edward Island potato crop harvested as hurricane Dorian blows through

For about 10 days, Hurricane Dorian has been making headlines in the news and it continues to cause damage. It lost its hurricane-force winds and was considered a post-tropical cyclone when it made landfall in Canada’s Nova Scotia province on Saturday night.

In addition to Nova Scotia, the storm made significant impact on Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick as it blew through with winds up to 90 mph. According to Nova Scotia Power, more than 474,000 customers in these three provinces were without power.

“This storm seemed to have a very wide path of destruction,” says Dwayne Coffin with Vanco Farms out of Prince Edward Island. “For the most part, the storm has caused widespread power outages and many fallen trees on PEI, along with severe coastal erosion caused by tidal surges along our shores.” 

“It is still very early to determine the full extent of the damage of Hurricane Dorian,” Coffin said. It depends on the amount of rainfall the different areas received, but low spots or any areas with water pooling would be of concern since those potatoes are most likely going into long-term storage. “Less than 1 percent of the PEI potato crop has been harvested and most farms, including us, haven’t even started. Most of the harvest is scheduled to start this week into early next week.”

Full report on FreshPlaza here

Editor’s note: I was also caught up in this incredible storm, and spent 51 hours since Saturday without any electricity at all here where I live in Nova Scotia… Not fun. We always tend to appreciate the things we take for granted – until we do not have it any longer, right? Kind wishes to so many who lost so much this weekend and last week in the Caribbean because of this devastating storm. Lukie