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Canada: Potato harvest just about complete

There’s suddenly a scarcity of harvesters in Prince Edward Island’s potato fields. Last week’s fine weather did wonders for that. Brian Beaton, potato specialist for the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture estimated Monday that at least 95 per cent of the Island’s main cash crop is now out of the ground.

Of the spuds still in the ground, Beaton said some of them are in wet spots that growers will probably leave behind rather than harvest and risk breakdown in the piles. The yield, Beaton said, “is better that we’d thought for the late varieties.” He said they benefitted from the September rainfall. The early varieties suffered because of the dry July and August growing period. They didn’t size up like they normally would so the yield is off, he said


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