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Potato Consumption Rebound Puts Squeeze on Reduced Acres

Potato acres across Canada are expected to be down for 2020, due to contract volume cuts in March as the pandemic lockdown hit North America. After a three-month long rollercoaster ride for the potato industry, there’s good news on the horizon. “The rebound is happening faster than anyone anticipated,” Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada, says in a phone interview. “We thought we would have far too…

Radiance sweet potatoes

A Growing Appetite for Sweet Potatoes

The Canadian sweet potato industry is preparing itself to expand with a new variety developed specifically for the country’s climate. Sweet potato consumption in North America has doubled in the last decade —which is good news for Canadian growers. But the celebration doesn’t stop there, as a made-in-Canada variety of the root vegetable is showing excellent yields in recent trials. Radiance, a variety developed by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario…

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