Anton Wiebe Ltd. was named the 2010 McCain Champion Potato Grower for the McCain Portage la Prairie plant during the annual growers’ banquet held Oct. 19.
Potatoes are rated throughout the year on a variety of factors including size, gravity, defect level and colour and awarded points accordingly.
At the end of each crop year, the top 10 growers are determined based on their overall scores.
Darryl Rowe, president of McCain Foods (Canada) was on hand to extend personal congratulat ions to Anton Wiebe Ltd. and all of the McCain growers.
In his address to the group, Rowe noted the importance of their achievements and his optimism for the coming year.
“The potato industry, and particularly exports, will continue to face significant challenges,” he said, citing the impact of the high Canadian dollar and the low cost of potatoes in Europe. “But collectively we have made great progress in improving our competitiveness and we will continue to work and grow together which gives me great cause for optimism.”
This is the second time the Wiebes have won the Champion Grower award, and have been in the top 10 category five times. They have been growing for McCain since 1996.
The others growers who qualified for the top 10 roster, in order of final standing, were: Kehler Farms Limited, Carman; J. P. Wiebe and Sons Ltd. , MacGregor; Border Farms Ltd., Rosetown; Beaver Creek Farms Ltd., MacGregor; Societe Marquis Agricole Ltd., St. Eustache, Suderman Bros. (1981) Ltd., Winkler; Gem Meadows Inc., MacGregor; AYR Farms Limited, Portage la Prairie; and Prairie Potato Inc., Bagot.