Canadian potato storage holdings, with includes all sectors, are the lowest of the last five years, according to the United Potato Growers of Canada’s update on April 1.
Potatoes in Canada reports that potato storage holdings are down 11 per cent from where they were in April 2018. Some of the biggest declines are seen in provinces that suffered tough harvest conditions, like Manitoba and Prince Edward Island. Manitoba potato storage holdings are down 23.5 per cent, Prince Edward Island is down by 10.5 per cent, and New Brunswick is down by 14.2 per cent from where they were in 2018.
All provinces show a decline from April 2018, except for British Columbia which has a 82.5 per cent increase from the previous year. However, this number is inflated because last year’s crop was a very poor one.
Canadian seed potato storage is also less compared to a year ago, with an overall 6.7 per cent decrease in holdings from 2018. The processing sector is also seeing a decrease – down 11.9 per cent, compared to April 2018.