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'It’s historically dry across the province'

Canada: P.E.I. potato farmers still need more rain

Prince Edward Island growers need still more rain. The province has seen some high temperatures that were devastating for the more than 180 potato farmers who for the most part across the province are dealing with severe drought conditions with record low rainfall amounts. The growers are pleading to the province to lift the 18-year ban on the use of agricultural irrigation systems to water their crops, which are in dire need of moisture.

P.E.I. potato farmers grow on average 2.5 billion pounds of potatoes per year and that total is in jeopardy as there has been almost no rain since the potato crop went in the ground, said Robert Godfrey, executive director with the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture. reports that western P.E.I. has been particularly dry, where the city of Summerside, for example, typically sees around 258 millimetres of rain from June through August. But so far this summer Environment Canada says only about 65 millimetres of rain has fallen.

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