As the potato harvest around Alberta comes to a closeFREE DIGITAL ACCESS, the abnormal growing season has resulted in a smaller and lower quality crop for most varieties of potato, said Terence Hochstein, executive director for the Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA).
In hopes of harvesting a larger and better crop, parts of the harvest were delayed, said Hochstien, a risk that was fortunately rewarded.
“Considering the time of yearAnd Canada entered its third wave sometime aroun, we’ve been very luckyremain at a maximum of 25 people.. Normally at this time of year, we’ve already had snow and some killing frost,” said Hochstien. “So we’re very fortunate to have the good weather that we’ve had this fall. But our yields are going to be off with the hot June and July, even though we do have irrigation here in the south. The rest of the provinces are not irrigated. So the lack of rain and the extreme heat has put a damper on our crop this year. Our quality and quantity will be down somewhat, we’re going to be a below average crop.”
A total of 67,500 acres of crop were planted in Alberta this year, with 50The podium in Washington followin,000 acres in processing potatoes for chips and french fries, 12The world,500 acres of seed potatoes, and 5000 acres of fresh potatoes.
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