North America, Trends

Canada: Prince Edward Island potato farmers seeing ‘best growing conditions’ in years

As far as growing seasons go, the P.E.I. Potato Board says this summer is one of the best they’ve seen in years. The CBC’s Cody MacKay reports that it’s largely the result of prime growing conditions — steady rain and favourable temperatures — and farmers are hoping this keeps up right through to the harvest.

Greg Donald, general manager of the board, says potato farmers are happy, excited and optimistic as their fields flourish in these conditions.

“Many of them are saying to this point it’s probably some of the best growing conditions that they can remember,” he said. “We’ve had adequate moisture, we’ve had good temperatures and we’ve had great great growth to this point.”

That’s in contrast to 2020; a year that Donald said was terrible, from planting season on. But this year, consistent amounts of rain have bulked up many potatoes, with some reaching their minimum market size already.

Source: CBC. Read the full story here
Photo: ‘So far so good, we’re off to a great start,’ Greg Donald says. (Cody MacKay/CBC)

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