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Heavy rains a boon for hundreds of Prince Edward Island potato growers

CHARLOTTETOWN -- The recent heavy, soaking rains couldn't have come at a better time for the hundreds of potato growers on Prince Edward Island. Bob Harding, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board, says the rains have been a boon for parched ...

CHARLOTTETOWN -- The recent heavy, soaking rains couldn't have come at a better time for the hundreds of potato growers on Prince Edward Island.

Bob Harding, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board, says the rains have been a boon for parched soil, especially in western parts of the Island.

But the rain won't boost acreage.

The Island's potato plantings have fallen this year by about 3,000 acres -- or 1,200 hectares.

Overall, spring plantings were down across the country.

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Statistics Canada says the reduction can be attributed to a number of factors including the value of the Canadian dollar and uncertainty over processing contracts.

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