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UPGC Canadian Crop Report December 6, 2019

Statistics Canada has estimated Canadian Potato Production in 2019 to be up 2.4% or 2,472,000 hundred weight above the 5-yr average in Canada. With demand growing for potato products, growers in the spring of 2019 planted an additional 3.7% or 13,000 acres to meet these expansion requirements. Unfortunately, poor harvest conditions, particularly in Western Canada, have resulted in 20,296 acres being abandoned in farmers fields. This is after, what was considered a…

United States Potato Production Estimate

Many areas of the United States were affected by adverse harvesting conditions this year. The total US Potato Crop is estimated to be down 27,569,000 hundred weight below the 2018 crop (although fewer reporting states in 2019). A more objective comparison for Canadian producers is the total fall crop which compares to most of the potato crop grown in Canada. USDA estimates the fall potato crop to be down 12,401,000 cwt. or…

UPGC Potato Crop Report, September 11, 2019

The United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC) has released its most recent Canadian Potato Crop Report. Prince Edward Island The weather was dry and hot well into the summer this year until the province finally got rain in the last week of August. In contrast to last year, the western part of P.E.I. has had good moisture all along. The Summerside area had 90 mm of rain a week ago, and then…

UPGC Canadian Potato Crop Update: August 15, 2019

The United Potato Growers of Canada has released its most recent Canadian Potato Crop Report. Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island’s potato crop got off to a good start and most fields have achieved full canopy. Unfortunately, weather in the past month has been hot and dry. There have been sporadic rainfalls across the Island that have maintained the crop, but generally amounts have been insufficient. Some fields and certain varieties are…

Ivan Noonan Receives Certificate of Appreciation from UPGC

Ivan Noonan was recently presented with a Certificate of Appreciation as a founding co-chair of the United Potato Growers of Canada, which was formed in 2006. He was presented with the certificate of appreciation by UPGC chairman, Ray Keenan, in Charlottetown, P.E.I., on August 2, 2019. Before his retirement, Noonan was the general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board for 14 years from 1994-2008 and then general manager of Food Trust P.E.I., before…

Clement Lalancette Recognized

Mr. Clement Lalancette recently retired as a founding director of the United Potato Growers of Canada, which was formed in 2006. He was presented with a certificate of appreciation by UPGC chairman, Ray Keenan, in Quebec City, on July 15, 2019. Lalancette is recognized for his outstanding leadership and dedication to the Canadian potato industry as a director of United Potato Growers of Canada representing the Quebec Potato Producers Association. Lalancette was the general manager…

Statistics Canada Releases Potato Acreage Estimate

Statistics Canada released its first estimate of potato acreage in Canada as a result of data obtained from its survey of potato growers in Canada. Statistics Canada has estimated the 2019 potato acreage to be up 3.3 per cent or 11,526 acres above 2018. Given some of the additional acreage required to supply two new fry plants and a recently completed new line in Canada, industry had expected the increase to be…

United Potato Growers of Canada — Canadian Potato Crop Report July 17, 2019

The following information was obtained from the summer meeting of the Canadian Potato Council and the Potato Marketing Association of North America in Quebec City, Que. Prince Edward Island Old crop is getting cleaned up. One of the main customers is still bringing in potatoes to reach the start of new crop. Acreage on the island is expected to be similar to last year. The spring was later, but Growing Degree Days…

United Potato Growers of Canada Planting Update 2019

Prince Edward Island April has been cold with above average rainfall. May has seen more normal amounts of rainfall, however showers almost every second day has made it difficult for growers to get into the fields. As of today, about 10-15% of the potato crop has been planted. Overall acreage will likely be similar to last year. Pricing on old crop has been good with GRI’s at $20.90. Although demand is good,…

UPGC Canadian Crop and Market Report—March 15, 2019

The UPGC board of directors met last week in Halifax and reviewed the potato crop and market status across Canada. Overall Potato Stocks for March 1st are down 11.5% or 6.3 million hundredweight compared to March 1 of 2018. Fresh stocks are down 16.6% compared to a year ago and potatoes intended for processing are down 4,287,000 cwt. Seed stocks are 5.6% below one year ago. Prince Edward Island Fresh potato movement…

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