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Potato supplies might be tight in North America

The potato harvest is underway in Canada and according to some sources the yields could be decent, but some are concerned about a shortfall of potatoes in Canada and the US. Remaining stocks from last year’s crop are minimal and yields this fall could be average or below average in multiple states and provinces.

Potato acreage in Canada is estimated at 385,000, almost identical to acres from 2021. Alberta saw a 5.6 percent increase in acres, jumping to 72,300, but acres on Prince Edward Island declined by 6.4 percent.

In the US, total acreage dropped to 910,000, which is down 3.5 percent from the previous year. Idaho, which dominates potato production in America, saw its acreage drop by 7.9 percent. In the past, additional production in Idaho has been shipped to French fry plants in Manitoba and other parts of North America to cover shortfalls. That may not happen in 2022.


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