North America, Trends

Potato acreage continues Canadian prairie expansion

Alberta and Manitoba producers now grow more potatoes than those in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. There was a time when Prince Edward Island was king of potato production in Canada, but that reign is likely over as acres and production continue to expand in Western Canada, reports Robert Arnason in this news story for The Western Producer.

Acreage is up 10 percent in Manitoba and 13 percent in Alberta, compared to 2020. The two prairie provinces now have more acres than Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

Arnason reports that Cavendish Farms opened its $430 million french fry plant in Lethbridge in 2019 and Simplot doubled the size of its Portage la Prairie, Man., plant, at a cost of nearly $500 million. Those facilities need more spuds, which means more acres on the Prairies.

Thanks to better agronomy and adequate water supplies, Manitoba and Alberta yields have jumped in the last five to 10 years. But this year’s potato crop will probably be average in Manitoba, or below average, because of the drought. In Alberta, potatoes are faring better than other crops.

Source: The Western Producer. Read the full story here
Photo: Courtesy The Western Producer

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