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Weather, high costs, labour top of mind for P.E.I. farmers

April 12, 2024  By CBC News

Songbirds chirped in the spring sun at John Visser’s potato farm in Victoria, P.E.I., — as his nearby red-dirt fields waited to be plowed and sown for the year, and workers bagged what’s left of last year’s spuds.

As reported by CBC News, the mild weather in recent months has many P.E.I. farmers reflecting on what’s in store for their crops this year, as some say signs from Mother Nature point toward a promising start for the upcoming growing season, likely within weeks.

“Every year is different,” Visser, who’s also chair of the P.E.I. Potato Board, told CBC News in his farm yard surrounded by parked farm equipment.


“You go into the year hoping that the work that you’re going to do is going to do the job, that it gets done, [and] you’re gonna have some money left over at the end of it.”

As climate change brings less predictable conditions for the Island’s food producers, Visser told CBC News it’s still too early in the year to say for sure how this season will play out.

But there are plenty of promising signs: The days are getting longer, the ice once covering his fields has melted, the sun is shining, and the soil is drying up nicely.

There was only one major snowstorm this winter, too.

Visser said though it would have been good to see the ground covered with snow a little longer, “We take what what we get from Mother Nature.”

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