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Canada: Potato shortage looms in Manitoba

Manitoba could be facing another potato shortage. Growers need about two weeks of favourable weather for harvest, otherwise thousands of acres will remain in the ground this winter.

As of the middle of October, about 65-70 percent of the province’s potato crop had been harvested, said Dan Sawatzky, Keystone Potato Producers Association general manager.

Manitoba growers planted about 67,000 acres of spuds this spring, meaning 20,000 acres of potatoes have not been harvested.

A soaking wet September and 25-50 cm of snow over the Thanksgiving weekend has stalled the harvest of all crops in Manitoba, including potatoes.

Most of the unharvested potatoes are in the region around Portage la Prairie and Carberry, in south-central Manitoba.

Producers remain hopeful they can get the potatoes out of the ground, but the window of opportunity is getting tight, Sawatzky said.

Full report by The Western Producer

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Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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