She notes many growers are busy hilling, and a nice, steady rain will get the crop off to a good start. Some areas have been hit by frost, Chuck Emre in Simcoe County had frost every morning the week before on some of his fields, Banks notes.
In a previous update from the United Potato Growers of Canada, it was said Ontario growers are expected to plant 37,000 acres of potatoes this year, which is up from last year.
Banks also finished planting variety trials on May 19. The new varieties will be evaluated for common scab resistance/susceptibility, which is very important information for fresh market growers, she says.