Canadians have planted the largest potato acreage is more than a decade, according to numbers released by Statistics Canada. Growers across the country planted 396,922 acres of potatoes, up from 387,103 acres in 2022.
The largest jump in acreage was recorded in Alberta where 80,000 acres of spuds were planted. This is up from last year’s 73,080 acres, and is the highest acreage ever recorded for the province.
Quebec saw the only decrease in acreage at 47,197 acres, down from 47,928 acres in 2022.
The rest of the provinces’ potato acreage is as follows:
- Newfoundland and Labrador — seeded potato area is 425 acres, up from 415 acres in 2022
- Prince Edward Island — seeded potato area is 83,500 acres, up from 82,700 acres in 2022
- Nova Scotia — potato area has been static for the past two years at 800 acres
- New Brunswick — seeded potato area is 53,000 acres, up from 52,200 acres in 2022
- Ontario — seeded potato area is 37,700 acres, up from 37,180 acres in 2022
- Manitoba — seeded potato area is 81,000 acres, up from 80,500 acres in 2022
- Saskatchewan — seeded potato area is 7,300 acres, up from 7,100 acres in 2022
- British Columbia — seeded potato area is 6,000 acres, up from 5,200 acres in 2022