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Berry Season Begins in Chile


United States

Sweet corn harvest is now completed in the Pacific Northwest.  The weather cooled off with day time temperatures in the mid 60-degree F range.  The nights were much cooler and the last few weeks of the harvest the yields and quality dropped off significantly.

Diced Carrots are being processed and to date the yields and quality are okay.

Potatoes in the Northwest began about a week later than usual.   Autumn wet and cool weather set in during the last days of September into October.  The season in Washington and Oregon are completed with average yields and good quality.  There are still potatoes in the ground in Idaho that will not be harvested as winter weather has already set in and this may affect the availability of Idaho potatos.

Weather in the Midwest area has not been ideal with much rain and various storms in spring and early summer. Plantings on all crops there were slow and delayed. The green pea harvest is short with processors in the Midwest on the search for green peas.

Sweet corn is also under stress from rain and then excessive heat.  The recent cooler weather in August slowed down growth and processors fell behind on harvesting.  Most factories in the mid west are under budget on corn with some having to prorate customers.


Rain and cold weather slowed down much of the Canadian potato crop.  Some processors are concerned that growers will leave some potatoes in the ground or quality will be affected.   Another factor will be if Canada comes up short, it could be difficult to purchase raw potatoes from the U.S.A. as growers there are also struggling with earlier than usual cold weather and winter weather already arriving in Idaho, preventing the completion of the harvest there.  PEI has suffered the most damage due to various weather conditions in that area.


Broccoli and Cauliflower growing regions are coming out of their rainy season with the forward forecaste calling for sun and warm temperatures.  Transplantations have ramped up in an effort to be in peak production during the very busy holiday season November / December.


Peak Broccoli season in Guatemala has been difficult this year.   There was drought at the beginning of the season and then rain during middle late season.   Some factories are only running at 50% capacity and the broccoli season will end sooner this season.


Mango season in Peru is beginning and all indications point to a good season this year.


Asparagus season continues in Chile, while the outlook for Chile’s blueberry season is excellent this year due mostly in part to the addition of hectares of plants that are now bearing fruit.   The North zone is epected to start earlier than usual and quality is anticapted to be excellent.   Blueberry season begins this month.   Strawberry season is also underway and demand is high due to the poor strawberry season in Mexico and California this year.


Typhoon Hagibis wrecked havoc in October, destroying over 2,000 parcels of agricultural land across 34 perfectures affecting rice, apples, cucumbers, eggplant and strawberries.   The total damage has reach Yen 102.73 billion and is expected to rise.


Potato yields are reported to be down, however not as low as last season.  Hard soil, results from the dry, hot summer, has slowed down harvest progress and another factor are that potatoes have not bulked up as anticipated which means lower yields.  Storage pipelines were empty when new season began, along with a growing demand from Eastern Europe for fresh potatoes will affect the volume of potatoes necessary to fill the factories at capacity.    Harvest movement has been slower than usual , particulary in Netherlands and Belgium due to excessive recent rains and it seems that the harvest could keep going thru part of November when there is a threat of frost which could further reduce yields and damage quality.

Corn Peas and Beans will also be in tight supply from Europe due to the severe heat and drought over the summer months. Many processors there are out looking to buy these items.

To date the carrot crop in Belgium is doing okay, however over the past weeks the heavy rain could change that outlook.


Reported by Food news, Thailand’s raw material supply for can sweet corn is expected to be reduced by 20% – 30% due to the drought effects of the El Nino phenomenon.     Peak season corn, April to September was impacted due to lack of rain which reduced corn yields.   Dry weather is expected again commencing October which will impact other crops in Thailand.   Thailand’s sweet corn prices are expected to rise.


Zhejiang Province

Lotus root harvest has begun, with peak this month.   Both broccoli and cauliflower are in the transplant stage. Plantings for sugar snap peas and pea pods will begin this month.

Fujian Province

Autumn crop edamame season is underway. Water chestnut season will begin this month.

Shandong Province

Fall broccoli and cauliflower season now underway.

































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