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Harvest update October 20, 2021

'Potato harvest is in the final stages across Canada'

The potato harvest is in the final stages across the country. Most provinces (with the exception of British Columbia) have enjoyed excellent harvest conditions without cool temperatures or wet conditions. Yields have been below average in the west, above average in the Central provinces, and exceptional in the Eastern region. Here is a final update as the last spuds roll into storage for this season:

Prince Edward Island
PEI growers have about 85% of their crop harvested and many expect to finish up this week. After two years of disappointing yields, this one is exceptional in terms of both tonnage, and quality. Yields will likely be in excess of 340cwt./acre in comparison to last year’s 250 cwt./acre. One would need to go back to 2006 to find a similar production level for the province. Two large Hurricane events in early September were instrumental in bulking tubers at the end of the season. Harvest conditions have been excellent, bringing the crop in ahead of schedule. There will be a few unharvested acres where growers bypassed water damaged areas in poorly drained areas from the September rains.

New Brunswick
Harvest in New Brunswick is mostly complete except for those growers short of storage or delivering out of field. Yields and quality have been outstanding, with some growers reporting their best on record, over many years of growing potatoes. Per acre yields are estimated at 350cwt./acre  compared to last year’s devastating drought which brought only 237cwt./acre.

Late rainfall was again key to bulking yield in maturing varieties and did create some spots in low lying areas which growers tried to leave. Harvest conditions have been very good and without cold temperatures. The resulting increase in 2021 production has attracted the interest of French fry processors who have already began moving loads out of the province on a westward journey to those regions that are deficient in their needed supply of potatoes. 

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Source: United Potato Growers of Canada

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