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Canada: Crop and harvest update October 26, 2020

Canadian potato harvest complete except in Quebec

At this point in time, the Canadian potato harvest is complete in most provinces, with the exception of Quebec. They are about 90% done, and hopefully should finish up by October 31 as the weather forecast improves from the wet and cold conditions experienced over the last couple of weeks.

In other areas, growers are thankful to have received some of the best harvest weather in recent years creating rapid progress, finishing ahead of schedule. This is certainly in contrast to last year where 22,500 acres had to be left in the field and also 2018, where 18,000 acres had to be abandoned.

Based on what we know today, Canadian Potato Production is substantially below that of 2019 and below our 5-yr. average. Statistics Canada is currently collecting yield data from potato producers until November 16th with the final production estimate available on December 7th. In the meantime, reports from the various provinces could point to a decline of 7,000,000 hundred weight below the 2019 crop. Based on the hot dry growing season experienced in many provinces, we had earlier on put reductions at 6,000,000 hundred weight but revised it after New Brunswick growers finished harvesting and realized one of their lowest yields on record.

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