Crop News

Water Chestnut Season Delayed in China



Fuijan Province

Edamame:  Crop is healthy; however the new tariffs will play a large role in the coming season’s export of Edamame.   Peak harvest is now underway.    Water Chestnut harvest has been delayed due to weather. We expect the season to commence this month.

Zhejiang Province

Broccoli and Cauliflower is underway and to date the crop conditions look very good with stable prices.

Pea Pods and Sugar Snap peas now being planted for the spring harvest.

Shandong Province

Edamame production has been completed.  Lower crop yields and reduced acreage has kept prices firm.   Domestic demand is strong as well.

United States

Potato harvest for processing potatos is completed in the Pacific Northwest and reports are that there will be plenty of potatos to keep factories running at capacity.  However high demand due to shortages in Europe is making for a tight market.   Added capacity is coming on line in both the Colombia Basin and Idaho, which will result in exta finished product and it is expected that there will be enough product to keep those lines running at capacity.    The real challenge will be keeping plants running in the Midwest and Canada as crops in those regions were not good this season.

Demand both domestically and internationally for fry products is very strong, however most likely due to shortages across Canada and parts of the U.S. demand cannot be taken advantage of by North America.


Pototo crop losses in Prince Edward Island and Manitoba are hurting production capacity in fry plants there.  Approximately a 9% decrease in yields in these areas are prompting factories to ship in potatos from other areas of Canada and the U.S.A. at increased costs.


The drought conditions earlier in the year and then the excess rain during the planting season has continued to give challenges to the Mexican broccoli and cauliflower industry.   The rain continued in Mexico during September and October when the rainy season should usually end. Mexico’s anticipated good harvest in October did not happen.  Based on the most recent issue of the Mexican Processors Association the year of 2018 goes down as the most challenging year in recent memory.  The extended rainy season resulted in a 44% increase in cumulative rainfall.  Although the rains have finally subsided, the supply situation for both cauliflower and broccoli is still critical, with lower yields and very limited inventory.   Plants are now working at approxmatley 70% capacity and the good news is that even though the weather has been cool delaying crop growth, there have been no reports of frost.


Guatemala is suffering the same situation as Mexico.  Too much rain and humidity has caused a reduced broccoli crop, resulting in short supply.   Okra and Melon season has begun and will run through April/May.


Processing Potatoes:  The most recent and final report from the North Western Potato Growers (NEPG) has advised a 18% reduction in potato yields this season.  This is the lowest season in the past 6 years.   Summer drought in Europe affected most items grown there, including carrots whose yields are down by approximately 15 to 25%


Raspberry season is now underway and to date conditions are reported as normal.   Reports coming in from various sources, including Food News, state that prices for raw material ex Chile are expected to be below last season’s level when raw material prices were averging US$1.50/kg.    Asparagus season is now over in Chile with some suppliers strugging to meet contracts.














ラズベリーのシーズンが進行中です。これまでのところ、例年並みとのことです。Food Newsをはじめさまざまな報告によると、チリの輸出原材料価格は、1キロ当たり米ドルで平均1ドル50セントとなった昨シーズンよりも下がる見通しです。チリのアスパラガスのシーズンは終了しました。一部のサプライヤーは契約量を満たすのに苦戦しています。









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