Late rains help PEI spud crop - The Packer

Late rains help PEI spud crop

10/31/2011 02:29:00 PM
Andy Nelson

“We’d like to be half done, but we’re only about a third done,” he said Oct. 14.

With harvest half over, yields were average, and Linkletter expects a normal-sized crop. Sizing on russet burbanks, however, was on the small side as of Oct. 14.

“The burbanks are a little disappointing so far,” Linkletter said, though he stressed the burbank harvest was still in its early stages as of mid-October.

Rain fell again late the week of Oct. 7, but most fields were still dry enough to soak it up without incident, said Brian Beaton, potato coordinator for the Charlottetown-based Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture.

“The crop looks pretty good,” Beaton said Oct. 20.

Just “pretty” good because he, like others, wishes there were more jumbo russets, especially from fields in th

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