PEI Will Be Down 5,000 Acres

Published online: Jun 06, 2003
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Prince Edward Island potato growers, implementing their new three-year-crop rotation law, will see fewer acres planted this year.

Ivan Noonan, general manager of the PEI Potato Board, says total acres will come in close to 100,000.

New laws prohibit growers from planting in rotations of fewer than three years and on slopes of nine degrees or more. In addition, they must now follow buffer-zone requirements.

In addition, yields could be affected this year because spring rains have put growers up to two weeks behind.

PEI growers are also still holding a lot of potatoes in storage, blaming it on the disruption of exports caused by political problems in South America, a one-million-pound customer.