Potato farmers in P.E.I. say planting is on hold
Cold weather means no premium-priced June potatoes
Some potato farmers in P.E.I. say the unseasonably cold weather this year has put a halt to planting — and the early premium-priced June spuds that come with it.
David MacLeod says his farm is often dry and warm this time of year but this year is different. He has only just managed to plant a few acres of potatoes this week.
He was among the first in the province to do so.
"Last few springs we've been spoiled because it's been warmer. This spring's more wet and cold,” he said.
In good years, the first new potatoes of the year pop up by the middle of June.
And those early spuds fetch premium prices.
But every day lost to bad weather now means another day before that harvest begins.
For many farmers though, this weather is causing no delay at all.
Most of P.E.I.'s potato crop consists of later maturing varieties that are planted in May.
William Visser takes a more positive view of the weather. He says the rain will melt the snow and firm the soil up.
"So actually it's a blessing rather than just a dry cool day,” he said. “Rain will be a positive thing.”