Canadá: PEI: Heavy rains delay potato harvest
Heavy rains early this week definitively upset any P.E.I. potato grower’s plans who wanted to get an early start on their harvest.
Some farmers are still hoping to get started before this week is over, but the general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board, Greg Donald, said the majority of growers were only aiming to get going next week.
Growers don’t need to be reminded of last year’s harvest; one marked with a killing frost on Sept. 25, and then nothing but wet, cold digging weather. Donald said the industry is approaching the harvest with expectations of an average crop: “Potatoes are an amazing crop,” he said. “Cool wet spring, dry summer, hurricane, frost, not enough rain/too much rain, and we’re still hopeful we will have an average crop here overall.”
Donald said getting the rains when they’re needed has been a challenge. The amount of rain that fell in the two to three-week period that included hurricane Dorian’s dumping, he said, would have been welcomed had it come spread out through July and August.