Canada: Potato crop on Prince Edward Island in need of rain

This year, Prince Edward Island’s potato crop is struggling. “It’s been relatively dry, and since August we’ve had spotty rainfalls across the province and above normal temperatures and wind, and that’s created dry conditions,” said Greg Donald, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board.

The warm dry summer, that fostered the wildfires in western and central Canada, has been challenging for many farmers. But in P.E.I. July was particularly dry, and when the rain came in August, a lot of it was just running off the dry ground.

So far September has been dry but as the hurricane season heats up in the southern United States and the storms track north-east, the province may get what it needs.

Agriculture Canada’s drought monitor has indicated abnormally dry and drought conditions in five of the last seven years. Prior to that, in the six previous years, moisture levels were normal.

Some of the early varieties of potatoes are coming out of the ground smaller than normal, but there is still time for later the varieties.

In an article, rcinet.ca speculated that perhaps Hurricane Florence will be good news for P.E.I.

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