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Canadian potato production, October 2018

Released: 2018-12-13

Potato production

103.8 million hundredweight


-2.6 % decrease

(year-over-year change)

Potato production decreased 2.6% from 2017 to 103.8 million hundredweight in 2018, the result of challenging growing and harvesting conditions in most regions of Canada. Total potato production was led by Prince Edward Island (21.8%), Alberta (21.5%) and Manitoba (19.6%).

Production decreased in both Prince Edward Island and Manitoba, with 7.9% and 8.3% of their seeded area left in the ground, respectively. Farmers in Alberta were able to harvest the vast majority (97.0%) of their seeded area, allowing their production to increase 8.9% to 22.3 million hundredweight in 2018.

Seeded area edged up 1.1% from 2017 to 349,017 acres in 2018. However, difficult weather conditions resulted in a delayed end of harvest and large areas of abandonment. Over 16,000 acres of seeded area remained unharvested in 2018, and total harvested area decreased 2.6% from 2017 to 332,652 acres.

Despite challenging conditions, the average yield was stable at 312.0 hundredweight per acre in 2018. Alberta continued to report the highest average yield of 416.0 hundredweight per acre, followed by Manitoba with 345.2 hundredweight per acre.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Potato production in Canada, 2018
Potato production in Canada, 2018

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