Heat leaves potato growers across Canada’s prairies nervous – Potato News Today
Western Canadian growers are optimistic and can still produce a good harvest this fall weather permitting, reports Alex McCuaig for The Western Producer. Canada’s potato growers have suffered a setback this year as last year’s dry season in the East shifts to the West. However, with the help of Mother Nature, Western growers could still get good yields.
“The harvest looks decent,” said Chad Berry, president of the Keystone Potato Producers Association. “We just need an average time. Just lovely cool nights and a few decent days plus a lot of heavy rain. We’ve had some heavy rains lately here so the guys are a little nervous about harvesting.
That’s not to say that all Manitoba growers have escaped the heat that plagues western growers, especially those who grow in arid lands.
This is something processors will be watching closely ahead of the harvest season, particularly in Manitoba and Alberta. Kevin MacIsaac, General Manager of United Potato Growers of Canada, said: “Processors are monitoring the weather situation in these two provinces and they may be considering moving potatoes from elsewhere, maybe from there. Eastern Canada, to fill part of this void. “
Source: The Western producer. Full story here
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