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Manitoba Potato Planting Half Done

More than 50 per cent of potato acres in the central region of Manitoba have been planted, the weekly crop report from Manitoba Agriculture, says on May 19. “Potato planting continues with over 50% of the acres planted. Cold soil temperature was slowing emergence, but conditions are improving rapidly,” the report notes.

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Alberta Potato Planting Half Done

The first official crop report from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry released on May 8, estimates potato planting in Alberta at 51.5 per cent done. The south region is 59.2 per cent complete, while no acres have been planted in northwest region yet. Overall seeding in Alberta is 9.4 per cent done for all crops.

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NEPG Hopes North Western Europe Potato Area Down by Five Per Cent

With food service demand having dropped about 50 to 60 per cent and export markets having lost potential due to the global pandemic the North Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) hopes potato area has been reduced by five per cent, a release from the group says on May 5. More than two million tons of potatoes have not been processed in NEPG countries, the release says. Between 70 to 80 per cent…

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Potato Planting Starts in Manitoba

Some potato planting has been reported in the Austin, Carberry, Glenboro and Winkler areas, the weekly crop report from Manitoba Agriculture, says on May 5. The areas where potato planting has started have lighter textured and better draining soils.

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Seeding Update — Ontario

There are now about 550 acres of of processing and table potatoes have been planted in the Leamington area in Ontario, according to Mark VanOostrum, field supply manager with Beeton, Ont.-based WD Potato Ltd. Growers in the Delhi area started planting this week; only a few acres are in the ground so far, Eugenia Banks, a potato specialist with the Ontario Potato Board, says in an email. She expects there should be…

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New Varieties Roundup

The latest and most innovative potato varieties available across Canada —which may just put your old favourites out to pasture. Potato breeding in Canada is booming, and to keep our readers abreast of new developments, we reached out to the leading firms and organizations across the country to find out all about their latest and most innovative varieties. Without further ado, here is the new tuber roundup from coast to coast. HZPC…

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Seeding Update — Ontario Potato Planting Starts

Potato planting across southern Ontario has began within the last few weeks, Eugenia Banks, a potato specialist with the Ontario Potato Board, says in an email. There has already been 130 acres of potatoes planted in the Lemington area, according to Mark VanOostrum, Banks notes. The area received two inches of rain last weekend, which stalled planting for a few days. Planting started this week at Whites Potato Farm located near Vanessa,…

Nurse Crops in Potato Production

As with any field crop, young potato plants face many threats. Erosion, wind, drought and competition from weeds are a few of the factors that can impede the plants’ optimal growth. This is why a team at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in the Maritimes has been looking into nurse crops — what they describe as fast-growing companion crops planted during the potato-growing season that help draw water to root systems, provide…

Hemp in the Rotation?

Potato farmers are always keen to include lucrative new crops in the rotation, and various groups in New Brunswick are currently looking into the suitability of hemp. To start examining that possibility and all other economic growth opportunities related to hemp, the leaders at the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries put out a request for proposals (RFP), explains Kevin McCully, the department’s provincial director of agriculture. “We awarded the contract…

The Ins and Outs of Potato Yield Monitoring

Bill Menkveld, vice-president of sales and marketing for Greentronics, has never met a grower who isn’t interested in yield maps. He says producers are often surprised by the results. “Growers are always amazed to see how much yield changes across a field. It’s not uncommon to see yields vary by a factor of 100 or 200 per cent,” he says. Yield monitors provide information about crops and production practices and are designed…

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