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Sixty-eight per cent of Alberta’s potato crop is being grown for processing potatoes into french fries and chips or other potato products such as shredded potato patties.
All processing potatoes are grown under center pivot irrigation. Irrigation water is delivered by Irrigation Districts who divert water out of the mountain river systems.
Planting usually begins around mid-April and is completed around May 10.
Harvest of main crop chipping potatoes usually starts up during the first week of September, with the Russet Burbank harvest beginning around the 15th of the month and finishing in October. Killing frost usually arrives sometime after September 20th.
Some potato varieties are grown for processing into frozen goods like French fries. Potatoes destined to be french fries must have a long, cylinder shape.