Potato growers in Prince Edward Island could finally welcome some rain after a persistently dry summer. Across the region, there are fields that have been top-killed now, particularly early tablestock and creamers. Unfortunately, there are other fields that are effectively dead.
According to Ryan Barrett, research and agronomy coordinator with the P.E.I. Potato Board, totals are quite variable by community due to the fact that so much of the rain came in thundershowers.
According to an article on potatoesincanada.com, from all reports that Barrett has seen as well as plants he says he’s pulled, the average set number is similar to 2018 and behind the average. The dry weather in late July and early August definitely meant that Island farmers had some aborted tubers, but now what remains is to get size on the ones that are left.