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Wet weather causing problems for Prince Edward Island Potato Farmers

October 2, 2012
Potato growers on Prince Edward Island are concerned that some of their crops might be lost because of the wet weather.

Willem van Nieuwenhuyzen's potato field at Vanco Farms is completely saturated with water after recent rains, a much different scene than what Island potato farmers experienced for much of the summer.

Nearly three months ago, van Nieuwenhuyzen was praying for rain to save his dried-out potato crop but he's learned, there can be too much of a good thing.

"We can't harvest right now so if it stays like this, well then we're going to fall behind with our harvest,"he said.

Record rainfall totals in the month of September drenched most of the Island's potato crops, making it impossible for harvesters to even get out on the field.
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Vanco Farms Ltd. specializes in growing and packing specialty potatoes and organic potatoes.