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As the potato harvest kicks into high gear across the country, the general manager of United Potato Growers of Canada said there seems to be little in the way of surprises.As of the first week of October, Kevin MacIsaac estimated the PEI harvest was approximately 15-20 per cent complete. READ…
Greg Donald, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board, says the lack of rain will take a toll on potato yields in parts of the province — particularly West Prince. Over the next week most growers across P.E.I. should start harvesting and storing potatoes, Donald said. Farmers will get a…
The Government of Prince Edward Island and the P.E.I. Potato Board are partnering with Island farmers to provide fresh produce to those affected by the devastating Hurricane Irma in Florida.A tractor trailer with more than 40,000 pounds of fresh produce will leave Prince Edward Island for Georgia where it will…
Irving-owned Cavendish Farms is opening a new $360-million frozen potato-processing plant in Lethbridge, bringing about 400 jobs to southern Alberta.Company president Robert K. Irving said it is a big deal for agriculture in Alberta."Our business will grow from 6,000 acres of potatoes today, with our present land, up to over…
Digging early in the morning is fine, but the combination of high temperatures and humidity in the afternoon makes harvesting potatoes very risky. I have started digging the variety trials, and some of the new entries look promising. They all yield well, but I have had these varieties in trial…
The Japanese government has lifted an 11-year-old ban on importing fresh Idaho chipping potatoes, officials of the Idaho Potato Commission announced earlier in September.Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries imposed a ban on importing all U.S. chipping potatoes in April 2006 in response to the discovery of a quarantined…
Representatives of the potato industry had a chance recently to view some potential new varieties that could someday find their way into Island fields.Close to 50 industry representatives took the opportunity to take part in the annual Variety Day at Harrington Farm showcased potential entries for the Accelerated Release program…
A company started by six Mount Allison students sees a place for potato peels in furniture, flooring and ceiling tiles.Enviroot's goal is to reduce waste by using food remains, especially potato peelings, to make a safe material for use in the home.The company received a national business prize of $20,000…
From planting and digging potatoes to observing insects feeding on plants to learning about coloured spuds, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) Fredericton Research and Development Centre opened its doors and wowed visitors with plenty to see and do.
The agriculture and agri-food sector is a key growth industry in Canada, contributing over $100 billion annually to the economy and employing 2.3 million Canadians.
The Island's major potato processor is in the middle of some major upgrades at its New Annan, P.E.I. facility.
Potato farmers planted 344,884 acres (139 571 hectares) of potatoes in 2017, down 0.6 per cent from 2016, continuing the overall downward trend of the past 13 years. Seeded area decreased in every province except Quebec, Ontario and Alberta.
The accumulated precipitation is still below normal (50-80 per cent of normal) in most of the potato producing areas of the province.
Agriculture industry leaders met with federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers yesterday during the Canadian Federation of Agriculture's (CFA) annual Industry-Government FPT Roundtable in St. John's, Newfoundland, where they explored priorities and strategies to grow the sector. Discussion topics included the next Agriculture Policy Framework (APF), which is set to…
While P.E.I.'s recent stretch of hot, dry weather has been great for playing outdoors – it is starting to worry farmers.

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