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.
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
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.
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