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Canada: Alberta potato crops look good, despite unwanted heat

This year is looking good for Alberta’s potato growers, but the recent scorching temperatures are “bad for man, crop and beast,” the head of the provincial association told Alex McCuaig of Medicine Hat News. “It’s hard on the crops,” said Terence Hochstein, executive director at Potato Growers of Alberta.

The hot weather combined with a stiff southeastern wind on Monday combined for what Hochstein called a “Manyberries Chinook.”

“It was nasty. You could watch crops move backwards,” he said. But overall, the season looks good and the oversupply of potatoes this time last year has largely thinned out. “The glut on the market was totally COVID related,” said Hochstein, adding the situation was largely a byproduct of restaurants being forced to close.

Source: Medicine Hat News. Full story here
Photo: Courtesy Potato Growers of Alberta

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