Crop Profile for Potato in Canada, 2011 (72 pp) Synopsis
The potato (Solanum tuberosum) is a member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, which includes other horticulturally important members such as tomato, pepper, eggplant and tobacco.
Potatoes are commercially produced in every province in Canada with main production concentrated in Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Alberta, Quebec and New Brunswick.
Potato is the most important vegetable crop in Canada, accounting for 59% of all vegetable farm cash receipts in 2011 (Statistics Canada, CANSIM database, Tables 001-0013 and 001-0014).
The Crop Profile for Potato in Canada, 2011 provides an overview of production and pest management practices for potato in Canada. Information is provided on abiotic factors affecting potato growth. The biology of key disease, insect and mite and weed problems is presented as well as cultural and chemical methods of control. Detailed information is provided in tabular form on pest occurrence, integrated pest management options and registered pesticides available to growers.
Grower issues/ gaps in pest management, identified through stakeholder consultations are described in each of the three main sections (disease, insect and mite and weed) and under each pest description. A list of provincial specialists for potato and Integrated Pest Management resources is provided at the end of the profile.
Limited crop production and market statistics are provided in the profile to give context to the economic importance of the commodity. For more detailed statistics pertaining to the crop, the reader is referred to Statistics Canada.
The Crop Profile for Potato in Canada, 2011 is not intended for use as a crop production guide. Please refer to provincial ministry of agriculture websites and crop specialists for detailed information on crop production and pest management in a specific region. To request a copy of this document, please contact: