Crop News

Raspberry Season Begins in PNW


United States

Northewest green pea harvest is underway. To date harvest seems to be going well with no major issues to report.  The season began later than usual and some were worried about bunching. Quality is reported as good, although some are expecting a decline in yields by about 10%. Future weather conditions along with plant capacities will dictate whether we have a tight pea market or not, however either way expect pea prices to be up. Pea season should be wrapping up middle to late July.

It has been difficult for most processors to secure sweet corn acreage this season due to competition with more profitable crops, such as hemp, and we are hearing there will be a reduction in corn production by approximately 15% to 20%. Corn harvest should begin middle to late July and to date growing conditions are good.

Northwest vegetable prices to be up by  .03/lb. to .07/lb. this season.  Many reasons reflect the higher prices, however increased labor cost is at the top of the list.

Potatoes, Wet weather in the beginning of April slowed plantings.   However, weather has been good and ideal for potato growing. We expect the first early potatoes to be harvested the week of July 22nd or earlier. Currently there is enough inventory to keep plants running. Demand for frozen potato products domestically is continuing to increase with a projected growth of 2.1% this coming year. More capacity coming on line in the states of Washington and Idaho.

Northwest berries are doing okay to date. There will be some reduced yields on raspberries due to the cold winter and freeze although in recent weeks the Washington crop has seemed to improve slightly. Washington raspberry season should commence  this month. The blueberry crop looks to be okay with a start date of late July. Cooler tempertures and recent rain has slowed crop development.

Weather in the Midwest area has not been ideal with much rain and various storms. Plantings on all crops there have been slow and delayed. The shorten planting window could reduce crop size.  Suppliers there are on the market for green peas as yields in the mid west will be reduced. The harvest should begin this month. Sweet Corn has been planted and although wet conditions have slowed plantings the season should be pretty much on schedule.

California strawberry processing season is now completed.


Mexico still seems to be struggling with production of broccoli and cauliflower.  Cauliflower especially is in tight supply with some saying it is due to the explosive popularity of rice cauliflower. While we have been optimistic, it is still not a perfect situation for processors in Mexico. The months of February and March brought in less than budgeted packs, with much going to fresh market.  With the start of July the official rainy season has commenced and the situation will be touch and go until peak season arrives in October/November.


Peak Broccoli season has now commenced. Lack of rain has slowed harvest a bit , however forcasters are calling for more rain which will speed up the harvest and good yields are expected soon.


An unprecendented heat wave has hit Europe with tempertures as high as 106 degrees F.   The heat wave has spread from Spain to Switzerland, including France, Germany and Belgium.  Crops will be affected but it is too early to tell the extent of damage.

Prices expected to rise again for European processing potatoes. Due to the poor growing season last summer there is low inventory, including low seed inventory for plantings this season. Raw product stocks are down in all potato growing countries in Europe, with the largest decline in Belgium. Even with a decline in seed production last season, growers are expected to plant approximately 2% more acreage compared to last season. Ground water was depleted last season and in some areas they are still facing issues with water supply, however some plentiful rainfall in recent weeks has improved the situation, although crop development is still behind normal rates.


Raspberry crop is 70% to 80% reduced due to poor weather (snow, hail and rain) and also some of the crop has been hit with disease.


Zhejiang Province

Edamame and Mukimame harvest just beginning and to date conditions look good.   Season for sugar snap peas was excellent this season and prices are currently very competitive

Fujian Province

Edamame and Mukimame harvest is underway.   Bamboo shoots will start harvest in August.
























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