The potato harvest is just about to get underway in many parts of P.E.I. However, many farmers are wondering how this summer’s rain will affect this year's crop. According to Greg Donald, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board, the crop is looking good, but not as good as last year when it was almost an ideal season.
Donald said harvesting will be more difficult this year due to the excessive moisture, meaning operations will slow down: "I think we had every bit the crop, the potential, as last year. But with the ongoing cooler and wet weather, I think that's going to affect some of the productivity.” The weather may have also damaged the crops, he said. "Potatoes that are in very wet conditions, there can be issues with tuber rot, especially in the high-risk areas, in low areas or poor-drainage areas of the field."