Western Canada running behind schedule, Eastern Canada faces drought conditions

Canadian potato crop update – August 20, 2020

Parts of Eastern Canada are facing moderate to severe drought conditions. In Western Canada, the crop is running behind schedule, as processors push to get new crop harvest underway.

Prince Edward Island
The optimistic outlook which PEI had in early July, has unfortunately disappeared with high temperatures, record low rainfall, and windy conditions over the past two weeks.

There are growing districts on PEI which have had a much better summer, with timely rainfall events, but they have been very localized making predictions on crop yield almost impossible. At this time the PEI Potato Board would estimate that overall production could be down 15%-20% at a minimum.

Field-fry chip harvest began last week with yields coming in below budget, however the quality and size profile is very good. Cavendish Farms continues to process old crop potatoes, involving a handful of growers while the majority of the remaining 2019 volume is in company storages. 


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