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Potato planting down in Manitoba

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For the second year in a row, Manitoba had the biggest drop-off in potato planting in the country, Statistics Canada said today.

The agency said Manitoba farmers reported seeding only 63,384 acres of spuds in 2014. That’s down 9.4 per cent from the 70,000 acres seeded in 2013, and follows a 7.9 per cent decline in 2013 from the previous year.

Prince Edward Island farmers reported the largest increase in seeded acreage — up 1.7 per cent to 90,500 acres.

Nationally, the number of seeded acres is down two per cent to 348,221 acres from 355,338 in 2013.

 

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