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Improved weather at the end of summer saves Iceland’s potato crop

Kristján Már Unnarsson writes in a news story published by Visir that potato farmers in Iceland’s Þykkvabær are thankful for the warmth and rain at the end of summer. They are now heading for an acceptable harvest after the cold season well into the summer. 

This became clear during a live broadcast on Stöðvar 2’s news in the potato field in Rangárvallasýsla where they talked to potato farmer Sigurbjart Pálsson. The outlook for potatoes in Þykkvabær was not good here until after the summer. It is estimated that about 70 percent of the country’s potato production comes from here.

“It was a cold and difficult spring and I never thought it would warm up. The weather has been good this summer, but it was just always so cold. And the first part of August was just the coldest in my memory, “said Sigurbjartur, who is growing potatoes with his wife, Jóhanna Lilja Þrúðmarsdóttir, and his son Ómar Páll.

“If you had asked me in mid-August what it would be like, I would have been very pessimistic. But today we are harvesting a great crop,” said Sigurbjartur.

Sigurbjartur won’t go so far as to say this is a great year for potatoes, stating “I wouldn’t call it that. But it’s an acceptable crop and we can’t complain.”

Source: Visir. Read the full story here
Photo: Sigurbjartur Pálsson, potato farmer in Skarð in Þykkvabæ his potato field tonight. | STATION 2 / EINAR ÁRNASON

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