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StatsCan shares updated 2020 potato production information


February 26, 2021
By Potatoes in Canada

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Statistics Canada has released updated data for 2020 potato production.

While the total Canadian seeded acres was lower than the amount seeded in 2019, it was still more than 10,000 acres greater than in 2018. As well, the harvested acres – both in cumulative acres and proportion to seeded acres – is higher than three of the preceding four years: 2017 (98.9 per cent) wins out over 2020 (98.7 per cent )by 0.2 per cent.

The data shows what most potato farmers could probably tell you – after two rough years (and one “harvest from hell”), the 2020 season was a welcome year of strong potato production performance.

Potato production, all of Canada

 

2016

201720182019

2020

Seeded acres

346,415

343,988348,551362,095

359,480

Harvested acres

340,630

340,070330,502341,844

354,882

Harvested percentage of seeded acres

98.3%

98.9%94.8%94.4%

98.7%

Average yield from harvested acres (lb./ac)

30,890

31,37031,00030,890

29,370

In terms of production by province, Prince Edward Island tops the list at 83,500 acres harvested. Manitoba (71,200 ac) and Alberta (57,937) round out the top three. Alberta gets special mention for being the only province with an average yield of more than 40,000 lb./ac.

The proportion of harvested acres compared to seeded acres is strong across the country. The lowest harvested percentage of seeded acres was in Quebec at 96 per cent, which is still an excellent amount.

Potato production by province (2020)

 

Seeded acres

Harvested acresHarvested percentage of seeded acres

Average yield of harvested acres (lb./ac)

Newfoundland and Labrador

325

325100%

16,920*

Prince Edward Island

83,600

83,50099.9%

25,150

Nova Scotia

1,200

1,200100%

25,000

New Brunswick

48,540

48,45099.9%

23,740

Quebec

45,638

43,97096%

29,340

Ontario

36,500

35,80098%

21,000

Manitoba

71,500

71,20099.6%

33,710

Saskatchewan

6,000

6,000100%

23,330

Alberta

59,677

57,93797%

40,400

British Columbia

6,500

6,500100%

33,150

*Statistics Canada notes to use this figure with caution.