While some P.E.I. potato fields may have been damaged by the record rainfall this past summer, many farmers are still optimistic about the fall harvest. G. Visser & Sons Potato Farm, now in its second week of harvesting, has been tracking damaged areas in fields for several months.
Randy Visser, CEO of G. Visser & Sons Potato Farm: “The last two years we were really blessed with really good crops and weather, whereas this year we really have had a lot more challenges.”
Visser, who likens harvest time to digging for buried treasure, maintains an optimistic view of the coming fall harvest. July was a good month, Visser said, but the significant rainfall which followed was problematic for lower-lying fields and less sandy soil, which were unable to drain the excess moisture. This led to damaged tubers and drowned plants.