P.E.I. Produces One-Fourth of Canada’s Potatoes

Province’s potato production peaked in 1999

Published online: Jul 24, 2017 Articles
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Growers on Prince Edward Island planted slightly fewer potatoes in 2017, but it was still enough to comfortably make P.E.I. the country’s largest potato-growing province.

A report from Statistics Canada last week shows Island farmers put 87,970 acres of potatoes in the ground this spring, one-fourth of the 344,959 acres planted in Canada. The second-biggest grower was Manitoba, with 64,494 acres planted in potatoes.

P.E.I. potato production has been declining for years, having peaked in 1999 at 112,927 acres, but it has remained Canada’s top producer. Manitoba came close to knocking the Island off the top spot in 2003, planting 102,795 acres to the Island's 106,008.

 

Source: CBC