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Smooth harvest, but short yield for Canada’s Manitoba potato growers

Manitoba’s potato crop won’t be breaking yield records, reports Alexis Stockford for Manitoba Co-operator. Then again, at least the crop is off the field. It has not been the case for the last two years. Producers were forced to abandon a significant portion of their crop in both 2018 and 2019 due to wet falls and damage from frost.

Dan Sawatzky, manager of the Keystone Potato Producers Association, says 2020 yields have been mixed, although the harvest has also dodged those weather issues from last year.

“Some are close to what they were anticipating or expecting, but the majority of them will be short, will be down,” he said. Some yields may be down as much as 15 per cent, he estimated.

Source: Manitoba Co-operator. Read the full story here
Photo: Potato producers have been spared sights like this in 2020, although yields may have fallen short of what many producers would have liked. Courtesy John Sheldon Wiebe

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