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P.E.I. farmers hope to get crops in


June 6, 2011
By The Canadian Press

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plantingpotatoesJune
3, 2011, Charlottetown, PEI – P.E.I. farmers, kept out of their fields by weeks
of rain, are frantically trying to catch up with their planting.

June
3, 2011, Charlottetown, PEI – P.E.I. farmers, kept out of their fields by weeks
of rain, are frantically trying to catch up with their planting.

The
excess wet weather in April and May kept machines at bay and delayed all
planting including the province’s largest crops of potatoes and soybeans.

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Greg
Donald at the P.E.I. Potato Board says now that drier days have arrived many
growers are expected to complete the process by the end of the week.

Donald
says recent weather patterns have everyone in the food production industry on
edge.

P.E.I.
potato sales blossomed this year – in part – because of a drought in Russia
that wiped out a substantial portion of that harvest.

While
final acreage figures aren’t in, officials anticipate a slight drop this year
from the more than 34,000 hectares planted last year.