[Montague, PEI] — It may just be the nice weather, but the manager of the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture (John Jamieson) says there’s sense of optimism swirling in the agricultural industry as spring planting is underway and farmers are back on the land.
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Planting had begun across Prince Edward Island on April 21.
“The early spring and good weather helps, but prices were strong last year and all the signs are indicating that prices for many commodities should be as good this year.”
Farmers are already planting potatoes in the south eastern regions of the province where sandy soils allow for an early return to the land.
Jamieson said soybean acreages, which were rivalling potatoes last year, won’t be quite as a high due to the availability of land. Meanwhile potato prices are expected to be strong with good markets for both table stock and seed.
“Even barley is commanding a decent price and the introduction of the HST next year will also be good for the farm sector.”