ALBERTON -- Good weather and a productive harvest will be two things Island potato growers will be able to declare when they sit down to a Thanksgiving dinner this weekend.
Greg Donald, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board said some growers have already completed their 2013 harvest but most growers are still in their fields. He estimated about two-thirds of the Island’s 89,000-acre crop will be in storage by the end of the day Saturday.
Growers were hit with a wet spurt of weather just as the harvest was about to go into full swing late in September, but Donald noted conditions for digging have been perfect for the past two weeks.
If anything, he said, some fields are getting so dry that not enough clay is being picked up by the harvesting equipment, thus creating a risk of bruising. He said some areas of the province would benefit from a bit of moisture.
While there is not normally much shipping during the harvest period, Donald said sales are actually a bit ahead o normal. He said it looks like North American supply will be more in line with demand than last year as indication is production is down a bit. That’s the case in P.E.I, too, where acreage is down about 500 acres from last year.
If the current weather pattern holds, Donald predicts most of the crop should be in storage within another two weeks.