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Western Canada takes over country

Manitoba and Alberta were the number one and two potato-producing provinces in 2020, thanks in large part to hot weather and poor yields in Prince Edward Island. Statistics Canada data, released in early December, said nationwide potato production was 104.2 million hundredweight, down 1.3 percent from 2019.

Robert Arnason reports for The Western Producer that the data also shows a massive yield gap of 100 to 150 cwt. per acre between the Maritimes and Western Canada.

On the Prairies, growers had a relatively easy harvest and produced average to above average yields this year. In the Maritimes, yields were horrible and production dropped 14 to 30 percent. Growers in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick averaged 250 cwt. and 237 cwt. per acre, respectively. That

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