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In many parts of the country, it was a very hot, dry summer. As a result, this year’s total potato production numbers likely will be down from the record-setting crop of 2015 and that could spell good news on the price front, according to Kevin MacIsaac. The general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC) told Spud Smart in late August that final production and yield figures won’t be tallied…

Feds Secure Market Access for Alberta Seed Potatoes to Thailand

The Government of Canada has secured market access for Alberta seed potatoes to Thailand. Effective immediately, Alberta becomes the third province to have an export agreement with Thailand, joining Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, both of which secured export agreements in 2009. Combined, these three provinces form about 76 per cent of Canada’s seed potato exports. Alberta’s seed potato exports to Thailand could be worth up to $2 million annually, according to…

Australia potato prices soar to record levels

Widespread flooding in Australia’s potato-growing regions has prompted record prices for far north Queensland growers who are long overdue for a pay rise. But it may be a case of too little, too late for the once proud potato stronghold of the Atherton Tableland, 80 kilometres inland of Cairns, where only 27 farmers still grow spuds. David Nix is one of them and he says growers are fetching the best prices in…

India cuts import duty on potatoes

The government of India has cut import duty on wheat, potatoes, and crude and refined palm oils ahead of the festival season to ensure prices remain under check. On Sept. 23, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC)  issued notification to cut import duty on potatoes to 10 per cent from 30 per cent until October 2016. Import duty on wheat has been lowered to 10 per cent from 25 per…

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MARCH FIGURES for storage holdings from the United Potato Growers of Canada show an increase of just over four million hundredweight of potatoes from the same period in 2015, mostly due to a rise in processing stock. “For processing, we’re above [the 2015 storage numbers] but that’s also a given since there was an increased contract volume awarded last year, so that’s fine,” says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of UPGC, adding there’s…

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2015 WAS generally a very good year for potato production in Canada. Excellent growing conditions across most parts of the country lead to a second straight record-setting year for potato yields. According to Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada, the national yield per acre for the 2015 crop was 305 hundredweight. That’s up from the then record high of 297 hundredweight per acre set in 2014. MacIsaac…

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Canada This year’s crop production is expected to be little higher than last year, according to the United Potato Growers of Canada. Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of UPGC, says the final figures won’t be in until towards the end of November, but he provided Spud Smart with the best guesses from regional potato associations with respect to yield and production numbers for the 2015 crop. As of Sept. 10, total potato production nationwide…

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Canada’s potato storage holdings as of June 1 were up almost eight per cent — or slightly more than 1.3 million hundredweight — from the year before, according to figures from the United Potato Growers of Canada. In Eastern Canada, the year-to-year increase was almost 22 per cent, mainly due to substantial increases in storage holdings in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Western Canada actually saw a decline in year–to-year storage…

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March figures for potato storage holdings from the United Potato Growers of Canada paint a different picture for each side of the country. “Right now … they’re down in the West, and up in the East,” says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the UPGC. “It’s two totally different scenarios, based on where you are in the country. “Some of it is related to the fact that western growers planted less. I mean…

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Despite the fact that significantly fewer acres were planted in Canada last spring due to poor weather and reductions in processor contracts, yields for last year’s potato crop were actually up from 2013. “We planted [fewer] 7,000 acres, but we had very, very good yields. The yields are the highest on record in Canada,” says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada. According to figures released by Statistics Canada, the…

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