P.E.I. Potato Board general manager Greg Donald said this week that more than 99 per cent of the Island's crop is already out of the ground. "There's just a handful of acres (remaining)," Donald said.

Indeed, more than 95 per cent of the crop was out of the ground two weeks ago, before a spurt of wet weather reduced the harvest to a crawl.

Darryl Wallace of Cascumpec is one of those growers still with unharvested acreage.

"It's definitely been a challenge," he said, noting the ground has really been absorbing a lot of rain, and available harvesting hours are shrinking.

"We're still a little on the antsy side. I wish we were done, and we should finish in the next couple of days," Wallace said as he waited for the temperature to rise a couple of degrees before powering up the harvesting equipment.

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