PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Maine is known for fickle weather, but potato farmers have little to complain about this season.

The harvest is underway in earnest this week with sunny skies in Aroostook County, which is home to the vast majority of Maine’s 52,000 acres of potatoes.

Temperatures in the 80s late last week had delayed the harvest for three days. Farmers said it was too warm to put the potatoes into storage.

Tim Hobbs from the Maine Potato Board says growers are optimistic after a great growing season and a solid start to the three-week harvest. He says yield and quality are strong.

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