P.E.I. potato farmers fear summer rain might impact harvest

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.

Source: saltwire.com

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