Potatoes in Canada

Soggy weather already setting P.E.I. potato crop behind

Spring planting is behind schedule in Prince Edward Island and it’s not welcome news after last year’s wet fall left unharvested acres.

May 30, 2019
By Journal Pioneer

“There’s a lot of hardship after last year,” said P.E.I. Potato Board general manager Greg Donald, who is all too familiar with last year’s growing season which got off to a late start and then felt the effects of drought-like conditions, followed by an extremely soggy harvesting period and early frost.

While conditions looked favourable at the start of the month, with optimism for a normal planting season, conditions have turned wet and cold. Donald estimates fewer than five per cent of the 2019 crop is in the ground, and he said fewer than 100 acres have been planted west of Portage. | READ MORE