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Western Canada takes over country’s potato production

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’s well below historical averages of 290 and 305 cwt. for the two provinces.

Hot and dry conditions hit potato growers hard In P.E.I. and New Brunswick, who grow spuds without irrigation. In late August, CTV News reported that some parts of P.E.I. received 15 percent of normal rainfall this summer.

Total production in Manitoba was 24 million cwt., up nearly 22 percent from 2019. The average yield in Manitoba was 337 cwt. per acre, down a bit because of hot and dry conditions.

Source: The Western Producer. Read the full report here
Photo: On the Prairies, growers had a relatively easy harvest and produced average to above average yields this year. | The Western Producer file photo

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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