The potato harvest is at various stages across Manitoba, but should be 95 per cent done within a week, the Sept. 29 provincial potato report from Manitoba Agriculture’s Vikram Bisht says.
“Due to extended warm days and no frost risk forecast in the coming week, some farms have slowed the pace of harvesting,” the report notes.
The potato harvest in the western region is 85 to 90 per cent complete, in the central it is 75 to 90 per cent done and in the southeast it is at 50 to 75 per cent.
The report notes the past two weeks have been generally cooler which is good for tuber bulking. Soils are now dry, and Bisht says some pre-harvest irrigation may be needed.
The report also says no late blight was reported in Manitoba during the 2021 growing season with spore monitoring ending on Aug. 30.