CANADIAN GROWERS DECREASING POTATO ACREAGE
Canadian growers continue to decrease potato acreage in order to bring production more in-line with market demand. Statistics Canada reported a decline of 3.2 percent in planted areas, down to 145,400 hectares for the marketing year 2010/11. USDA forecast a reduction of 3.4 percent in the production of fresh potatoes, down to 4.425 million metric tons during 2010/11. Given a lower production of fresh potatoes and a strong Canadian dollar, both production and exports of frozen French fries are forecast to decline.