2017 Biannual Potato Area and Yield Survey – June Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP)

Reporting guide

This guide is designed to assist you as you complete the 2017 Biannual Potato Area and Yield Survey - June. If you need more information, please call the Statistics Canada Help Line at the number below.

Your answers are confidential.

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act.

Statistics Canada will use information from this survey for statistical purposes.

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Table of contents

  1. Reporting instructions
  2. Definitions
  3. Question 1
  4. Question 2
  5. Question 3 and 4

A - Reporting instructions

  • Report dollar amounts in Canadian dollars.
  • Exclude sales tax.
  • When precise figures are not available, please provide your best estimates.

B - Definitions

Legal Name
The legal name is one recognized by law, thus it is the name liable for pursuit or for debts incurred by the business or organization. In the case of a corporation, it is the legal name as fixed by its charter or the statute by which the corporation was created.

Modifications to the legal name should only be done to correct a spelling error or typo.

To indicate a legal name of another legal entity you should instead indicate it in question 3 by selecting ‘Not currently operational’ and then choosing the applicable reason and providing the legal name of this other entity along with any other requested information.

Operating Name
The operating name is a name the business or organization is commonly known as if different from its legal name. The operating name is synonymous with trade name.

Current main activity of the business or organization
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is an industry classification system developed by the statistical agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States. Created against the background of the North American Free Trade Agreement, it is designed to provide common definitions of the industrial structure of the three countries and a common statistical framework to facilitate the analysis of the three economies. NAICS is based on supply-side or production-oriented principles, to ensure that industrial data, classified to NAICS, are suitable for the analysis of production-related issues such as industrial performance.

The target entity for which NAICS is designed are businesses and other organizations engaged in the production of goods and services. They include farms, incorporated and unincorporated businesses and government business enterprises. They also include government institutions and agencies engaged in the production of marketed and non-marketed services, as well as organizations such as professional associations and unions and charitable or non-profit organizations and the employees of households.

The associated NAICS should reflect those activities conducted by the business or organizational unit(s) targeted by this questionnaire only, and which can be identified by the specified legal and operating name. The main activity is the activity which most defines the targeted business or organization’s main purpose or reason for existence. For a business or organization that is for-profit, it is normally the activity that generates the majority of the revenue for the entity.

The NAICS classification contains a limited number of activity classifications; the associated classification might be applicable for this business or organization even if it is not exactly how you would describe this business or organization's main activity.

Please note that any modifications to the main activity through your response to this question might not necessarily be reflected prior to the transmitting of subsequent questionnaires and as a result they may not contain this updated information.

C - Question 1

Did you sell any potatoes in the 2016 crop year?

Crop Year
The period of time between one year’s harvest to the next.
For most provinces, the crop year is from August to the following July.
However, in British Columbia, they could harvest potatoes as early as June so their crop year could run from June to the following May.

D - Question 2

For the 2016 crop year, what was the quantity of potatoes sold and the total value received?

The following are for the quantity of potatoes sold and the total value received for the 2016 crop year.

Exclude any potatoes purchased for re-sale.
Report the total value received after any deductions or bonuses.
Report total value received taking into account all grades.

Table stock potatoes
Potatoes that are sold in bulk or in bags to be eaten fresh.

Seed potatoes
Potatoes that are planted the following spring to produce the next fall’s crop of potatoes.

Processing potatoes
Potatoes that are converted to french fries, instant mashed potatoes, potato chips or starch.

Hundredweight/CWT.
Pronounced hundredweight, it is a measure of weight used for potatoes that means 100 pounds.

E - Question 3 and 4

What is the total area of potatoes planted in the 2017 crop year?

Please report all planting intentions, if you have not completed your planting activities when completing this survey.

Thank you for your participation.

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