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Prince Edward Island Potato Farmers: Almost time to plant!

Prince Edward Island Potato Farmers: Almost time to plant!

Prince Edward Island Potato farmers are eagerly awaiting drier weather to plant potatoes.

Prince Edward Island Potato Farmers are gearing up for another planting season.

At least one farm in the province's east has already planted a few acres, according to P.E.I. Potato Board chair Rodney Dingwell.

But he says most farmers are still getting their gear ready.

Rodney Dingwell, Chair PEI Potato Board:

“This is a very mechanical business that we're in.”

“There's a lot of machinery and most people take this time of year to go over and prepare their machinery and get it serviced, and hopefully then planting will go without too many breakdowns.”
Most farmers will wait until the soil gets a bit warmer, which could happen as early as next week.

Rodney Dingwell:

“We're seeing the sunshine coming out for longer days now, and the land is drying.”

“There is always some last-minute, hurry up, get it done jobs to do, and we're doing that.”
Rodney Dingwell also runs Modhaicdh Farms Ltd. near Morell

Planting on P.E.I. usually starts in the east and moves west, because the eastern end of the Island has drier, sandier soil.
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The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is looking after the interests of the potato industry on Prince Edward Island.