Reporting guide – 2017 Biannual Potato Area and Yield Survey – October

Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP)

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

Your answers are confidential.

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Table of contents

Reporting instructions

  • When precise figures are not available, please provide your best estimates.


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.

Question 1

Planted area refers to an area of land that potatoes were planted on during the spring of the reference year.

Question 2

Harvested area refers to an area of land where potatoes were harvested during the fall of the reference year. If harvest is currently not complete, please report the area of land that you expect to harvest.

Question 3

Yield is the measure of a crop produced from single unit of land area.

To calculate: yield = production / harvested area of land

For example, if you produced 2,500 cwt of potatoes on 10 acres of land, yield is 250 cwt per acre.

Production is the amount of crop produced from all harvested land area.

To calculate: production = yield * harvested area of land

For example, if you produced 250 cwt per acre of potatoes and harvested 10 acres, production would be 2,500 cwt.

Question 6

Of the potatoes that were harvested, the percentage that will be marketable are considered to 'make grade'.

For example: 100 pounds of potatoes were harvested, however, only 90% of the potatoes will be marketable/make grade.
Report: 90%

Thank you for your participation.

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