North America, Weather/Climate

Heat leaves Canada’s prairie potato growers on edge

Producers across Western Canada are optimistic they can still produce a good crop this fall if the weather co-operates, reports Alex McCuaig for The Western Producer. It’s been a reversal of fortunes for Canada’s potato growers this year as last year’s dry season in the East moves west. However, with help from Mother Nature, western growers might still be able to get good yields.

“The crop looks decent,” said Chad Berry, president of the Keystone Potato Producers Association. “We just need some average weather. Just nice cool nights and some decent days and not a lot of big rains anymore. We’ve had a couple of big rains the last little bit here so guys are a little nervous to harvest.”

That doesn’t mean all Manitoba growers have escaped the heat that has plagued producers across the West, especially those farming on dryland.

It’s a circumstance that processors will be closely monitoring going into harvest season, particularly in Manitoba and Alberta. Kevin MacIsaac, United Potato Growers of Canada general manager, said “Processors are watching the situation in terms of the weather in those two provinces and they may be looking at moving potatoes from elsewhere, perhaps from Eastern Canada, to fill some of that void.”

Source: The Western Producer. Full story here
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