Eastern U.S. Crop Gets Slow Start

Published online: Jun 02, 2004
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Most eastern U.S. and maritime Canadian province growers are getting a delayed start on planting this year.

Wet weather stretching for over a month in some areas has slowed planting. Maine growers have been delayed past normal planting peirods because of continued periods of rain showers.

New York and Pennsylvania growers have been slowed as well, as storms seem to find their way up the eastern seaboard into those areas.

Just how this will affect yield will not be known until harvest. In many such cases late-planted potato crops are able to catch up when they get good heat units.