P.E.I. Potato Conference talks irrigation, adapting to climate change
Hundreds of potato growers gathered in February at the P.E.I. Potato Conference to talk about everything from soil health to alternative irrigation as well as the effects of climate change.
Dryer summers and longer periods of drought are some of the main reasons growers are increasingly discussing the option of irrigation. One of the speakers at the conference, Mark Stalham — a researcher who specializes in potatoes from the UK — said by 2050 there will be about a 20 per cent increase in the water required to grow crops. "We'll probably need more water, more quickly. Really the daily application of water is going to be the key," Stalham said. | READ MORE