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Bud the Spud would feel at home in Alberta’s growing potato sector

Alberta is third in potato production after P.E.I. and Manitoba, and more growth is around the corner

Most people don’t know it, but Alberta is the third-largest producer of potatoes in the country, after Prince Edward Island and Manitoba. “Currently we grow about 53,500 acres,” said Terence Hochstein, executive director of the Potato Growers of Alberta. The association’s 150 members have a big economic impact. The farm gate value of their potatoes […] Read more


New potatoes and green parsley

Researchers release 15 new potato varieties

Genomic tools are increasingly used to identify favourable traits and speed the breeding process

Reds, a wedge with an edge, and a super storer are among this year’s new potato selections from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Red-skinned varieties made up half of the total selections that Ag Canada potato breeders released earlier this month during their annual release open house. This includes a multi-purpose variety that shows promise for […] Read more



Get the lowdown on spud pests

Workshops run March 1 to March 3

A series of upcoming workshops will provide fresh market potato growers with information on current and up-and-coming diseases and pests in the province. “Participants will receive information on the importance, impact and management of a number of disease/pest issues in Alberta, including late blight, potato psyllid/zebra chip, fusarium dry rot and blackleg and several skin […] Read more


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This spud’s for you — breeders develop new low-glycemic potato

Low-glycemic potatoes don’t cause a big spike in insulin, which makes it suitable for diabetics

There’s a new spud in town, and it’s made to suit Canada’s growing number of diabetics. The new and as yet unnamed potato has a lower-glycemic-index potential, improved digestibility, and can be enjoyed without creating a big spike of sugar and insulin in the body. “As part of improving the food attributes, we’ve been more […] Read more



Alberta potato growers fearful of future

So far, high quality along with a strong reputation for hardy and virus-free seed stock has kept potato acreage steady in Alberta

The humble potato is suffering a very bad rap of late — and that has Alberta growers worried. Although full of vitamins, nutrients and fibre, the longtime staple has become vilified in the last decade and grouped with sugar and white flour as an obesity-causing ‘white food.’ And changing demographics and tastes has more North […] Read more


Late blight confirmed in Alberta

Specific steps needed to prevent carryover of disease to future crops

Late blight is one of the most serious diseases of potatoes and tomatoes worldwide, resulting in significant yield and quality losses annually. In general, in Alberta, late blight occurs infrequently, but can have devastating impacts in the years when it reaches epidemic levels. “In the summer of 2013, late blight was confirmed in parts of […] Read more