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Canada Canada Is Facing A Potato Shortage Right Now & Your French Fries Are In Danger

20:05  03 december  2019
20:05  03 december  2019 Source:   narcity.com

There's a potential potato shortage looming and you're worried about french fries?

  There's a potential potato shortage looming and you're worried about french fries? Remember the infernal potato fallout from 2018’s “harvest from hell?” Yeah, me neither. Now, almost exactly a year later, we’re being warned of possibly spending the holidays pining over frites past. Remember the infernal potato fallout from 2018’s “harvest from hell?” 

a plate of food with a banana: Cold and wet weather has some producers predicting a possible french fry shortage in Canada, so this might be a good time to get your fry fix, just in case.© Wxin | DreamstimeCold and wet weather has some producers predicting a possible french fry shortage in Canada, so this might be a good time to get your fry fix, just in case.

Buckle up potato lovers, you may soon be seeing less of the versatile vegetable. Cold and wet weather has some producers predicting a possible french fry shortage in Canada, so this might be a good time to get your fry fix, just in case.

"Processors are desperately trying to find products in order to offer us the chips and french fries we all love, but apparently harvest has been tough, snow came in early and potatoes are a vulnerable crop," said Sylvain Charlebois, director of the Agri-Foods Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, told CTV News.

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Potatoes destined to become french fries are particularly higher risk because this year's crop yield has brought in smaller potatoes while french fry companies like to use bigger potatoes, according to Bloomberg News.

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In Manitoba, it's estimated that more than 12,000 acres of potatoes weren't harvested this fall before frost set in thanks to heavy rain and early snow in October.

That's actually more than double the amount left in the ground at the end of the 2018 season.

According to Bloomberg News, an estimated 6.5 per cent of Alberta's potatoes are frost damaged.

On the east coast, more than 1,000 acres weren't harvested this year - mainly in western P.E.I. - after a delay in starting the growing season, a dry summer and lots of precipitation from Hurricane Dorian.

What is really going on with the CN Rail strike, the propane shortage and Quebec's 'emergency'

  What is really going on with the CN Rail strike, the propane shortage and Quebec's 'emergency' Parts of the country are facing propane shortages as a strike among railway workers causes the transportation system to grind to a halt. This means that some farmers are struggling to dry their grain. It also means, in Quebec, the government is worrying that hospitals and retirement homes are going to run out of the fuel. The Post’s Tyler Dawson explains the situation. That’s not great, what’s happened? That’s not great, what’s happened?

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At this same time in 2018, Canada was facing a similar situation with potato shortages in what farmers called unprecedented weather that led to one of the worst harvests in Canadian history.

Last year, P.E.I. was hardest hit with 6,800 acres abandoned.

P.E.I. is Canada's largest potato grower followed by Manitoba and Alberta.

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