For those of you who may not know, PEI's biggest agricultural crop is potatoes. PEI is known as the Idaho of Canada. And have been enjoying watching the potato harvest from our window this year. Here is a quick crash course in potato harvesting.
Potatoes are planted and then hilled in the rows to try and prevent the potatoes from being exposed to the sun, which causes them to turn green.
As you can see, the hills are pretty tall.
|The windrower in the machine in front.|
Then the potato digger comes and picks up the windrow. It does a bit more separating of plant parts from potatoes. There are also a few people who ride on the back to pick out rocks and things from the potatoes before they are loaded into the truck to go to the warehouse for storage.
|Behind the windower you can see the digger.|
|A truck partly full of potatoes.|
It was a lovely day to watch the potato harvest.