COVID-19 News, North America, Production/Agronomy

Under shadow of COVID-19, Prince Edward Island potato growers face uncertain season

Kerry Campbell of the CBC reports that some of Canada’s Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) potato farmers have already begun planting this year’s crop, and others will start planting in the coming weeks. 

But even before most potatoes are in the ground, many producers are facing an uncertain future for their product, which could affect decisions they make around what to plant this spring, along with the money they’re able to make once potatoes have been harvested.

“It’s going to shake itself through so that everybody’s going to feel some hurt,” said Vernon Campbell, who farms near Kensington.

The closure of restaurant dining rooms across North America has taken a big bite out of demand for P.E.I.’s biggest export

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