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Manitoba potato plantings decline

FARGO, N.D. -- For the second year in a row, Manitoba had the biggest decline in potato planting in all of Canada, Statistics Canada says. Manitoba farmers reported seeding only 63,384 acres of spuds in 2014, according to a July 17 report. That's...

FARGO, N.D. -- For the second year in a row, Manitoba had the biggest decline in potato planting in all of Canada, Statistics Canada says.

Manitoba farmers reported seeding only 63,384 acres of spuds in 2014, according to a July 17 report. That's down 9.4 percent from the 70,000 acres seeded in 2013, and follows a 7.9 percent decline in 2013 from the previous year, the agency says.

Prince Edward Island farmers reported the largest increase in seeded acreage -- up 1.7 percent to 90,500 acres. Nationally, the number of seeded acres is down about 2 percent to 348,221 acres from 355,338 in 2013.

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