Archive | April 7, 2018
Severe winter weather postpones potato season by at least three weeks and yield could be 20% lower in Jersey
Jersey royal season usually runs from April to mid-July. Photograph: Clare Lewington/Jerseyroyals.co./PA
The Jersey Royal season is at least three weeks late after the “beast from the east” delayed the planting of the spring crop.
The potato’s short season, usually from April to mid-July, has been affected by hard frosts and almost double the 30-year average of rainfall in December and January, which growers say left the ground saturated and “undesirable for planting”.
Jersey normally exports around 30,000 tonnes of the potatoes to the UK each season, but producers say the figure could be up to 20% lower this year, with full volumes expected to be on supermarket shelves by mid-May.
Tim Ward, operations director at the grower Albert Bartlett, said: “The hard frosts we received from the beast from the east affected most of the early crops.
“Although quality and taste will remain unaffected, we are at least three weeks behind our expected start date and are still in need of spring to arrive to avoid further delays.
“This is the nature of seasonal produce, with no two seasons ever the same,” Ward added. “We normally face some challenges planting, predominantly during the winter months. However, a number of our fifth-generation farmers have not experienced such a trying period in their family businesses for many years.”
The Jersey Royal Company’s director of sales and marketing, William Church, said: “We are behind with planting, with only two-thirds of the export crop planted to date.
“In any other year we’d expect to be closer to 75% planted and have made a good start with planting the seed crop by now.”
Church said the crop delay and loss was unprecedented in his experience. “In 2013, there was a heavy snowfall in early March that caused disruption and some crop loss. This year, virtually all of the early areas were affected by the frost and, while plants will recover and produce excellent potatoes, the crops will undoubtedly produce a reduced yield.”
Courtesy of theguardian.com
The Upper Midwest is no stranger to snow. Another winter storm moved through the area on Tuesday and dumped more powder across the region.
Snow bands set up and dropped several inches of snow. A few cities even set daily snowfall records Tuesday too. Many of the new records shattered the previous ones. Wausau, WI set a new record that was almost 4″ greater than the previous record from 1923.
This snow started to break out across Montana Monday morning and slowly pushes east. Even Sioux Falls, SD set a new record snowfall on Tuesday.
While some spots may not have set new snowfall records, many still saw some extremely impressive amounts of the 3rd of April.
More snow is possible for the Upper Midwest as we end the week. This may leave a lot of you asking, “Where is spring?”
Courtesy of weathernationtv.com
Albertans have been dealing with winter-like conditions this Easter long weekend, but some locations have had it worse than others.
According to Environment Canada, three locations – Red Deer, Grande Prairie and Pincher Creek will remember Saturday as the coldest March 31 on record.
A cold front passed through the southwest corner of the province Saturday morning dropping temperatures in places like Cardston by 15 degrees within an hour.
Grande Prairie dropped to -30 C overnight breaking an 83-year-old record. Pincher Creek hit -21 C, edging an 82-year record, and Red Deer hit -22 C, breaking a record low of -19.4 C that was set in 1975.
Fort McMurray and Cold Lake set new low temperature records on Friday with lows of -31.7 C and -21.7 C respectively.
A number of weather warnings, and special weather statements have been issued across the province this weekend, including snowfall warnings.
Places like Jasper National Park saw between 15 to 20 centimetres of snow fall from Thursday night to Saturday morning, while some local ski hills saw even more.
Courtesy of globalnews.ca