Cultivation/Production, North America, Weather/Climate

Weather problematic, but potato producers in Canada’s Prairies cautiously optimistic

This year has been a difficult one for potato producers in the Portage region in Canada’s Manitoba province. Shifting weather extremes have made both growing and harvesting difficult at times. Recent bouts of frost have producers concerned for their crops still in the ground.

Manager of the Keystone Potato Producers Board Dan Sawatzky tells us how the cold snap has affected the crop.

“It’s really too early to tell how the frost in the last couple of days will affect the potatoes,” says Sawatzky. “Next week we’ll get back out into the fields and have a better idea if there has been damage and how much. Until the last couple of days, tubers in the ground were still in good shape even though they’ve been chilled. They may have lost some of their colour, but we can get that back with some storage re-conditioning.”

Full story on Portage Online

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