Potato growers considering how much to plant on P.E.I. this year

Steve Sharratt
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FILE PHOTO: Potato harvest.

Farmers meeting today for seminar hosted by United Potato Growers of Canada

P.E.I. potato growers are rubbing the crystal ball this year when it comes to the amount of acreage to plant across the province.

During a United Potato Growers of Canada seminar Wednesday they were advised to plant less. Extensive data shows wholesale prices would rise, the meeting heard.

“We’ve got to sit down in a room, lock the door and come up with a number,’’ suggested organization president Kevin MacIsaac who farms in Bear River. “We’d all be better off.”

However, growers were also advised the low Canadian dollar will increase exports in the months ahead and for many, growing extra acres this year, is a gamble that might lead to profit in a year being described as "very, very tough" in such a flat market.

Geographic location: P.E.I., Canada, Bear River

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    January 29, 2016 - 08:58

    Irving will tell them how much to plant, he always does.