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Canada: Alberta potato farmers optimistic for harvest after pandemic soiled supply lines

Alberta potato growers are banking on a healthy harvest after COVID-19 decimated their supply system this spring.

Russell Van Boom, a seed potato farmer near Fort Saskatchewan in Canada’s Alberta province, said he planted 90 per cent of his crops this year compared to last. He was anticipating slower demand come harvest time after processing plants and restaurants were temporarily closed or operating at reduced capacity to comply with health orders, reports Dylan Short for the Edmonton Journal.

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