Canadá: This year’s lack of potatoes is an anomaly for Canada
As grocery stores around the province of Manitoba haven’t had the usual amount of local potatoes this year, manager of Keystone Potato Producers Association Dan Sawatzky claims this is largely due to last year’s crop freezing on many farmers.
"The majority of the crop was there," says Sawatzky. "We had a very good crop coming, it would’ve been in line with the last two or three years where we’ve had some exceptional yields. Growers harvested at a regular time it looked like they were going to have a very good crop, they were just unable to get it all. It was just a matter of wet weather keeping them out of the fields and then finally they ran out of time because of the frost."
Despite last year’s unfortunate weather, Sawatzky still believes most farmers will keep a similar approach: "There may be a little additional equipment. Maybe tweak some of the efficiency on the farms to try and tighten that harvest window. I think, for the most part, people are geared up to harvest in the harvest window that they have for a number of years. We had conditions we haven’t seen since potatoes started here for processing back in the early ’60s."
He adds that farmers should not be worried about the same thing happening this year or in the near future at all. However, portageonline.com reports they are pushing the start date of harvest earlier than usual.