Manitoba potato farmers say quarter of crop is lost

Keystone Potato Producers say roughly 25 per cent of this year's crop is unharvestable. Getty Images

Manitoba Agriculture estimates that about 25 per cent of this year’s potato crop is unharvestable.

Keystone Potato Producers Manager Dan Sawatzky says this could mean some producers can’t meet their contract obligations.

He says bad weather in other areas means processors may find it difficult to get spuds from elsewhere to meet there needs.

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Sawatzky says producers hope for better prices in the future to help soften the blow from this year.

He says the remaining potatoes will have to be dug up in the spring, which will push back seeding.

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