Crop News

Peak Cauliflower and Broccoli Season Underway In Mexico


United States

The  overall vegetable season in the Pacific Northwest was good with no major hiccups to report, however the market is fairly tight due to demand from the Midwest region and Europe.  Diced Carrots are now completed and production plants in Oregon and Washington will be down until new season begins up again in May/June.

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.  However there is still concern that current raw potato volume will not be enough to keep plants running at capacity in order to meet the current demand.   Processors in both the Midwest region and Canada are looking to Oregon, Washington and Idaho to meet their shortfalls this season.

Weather in the Midwest area the past growing season not ideal with much rain and various storms in spring and early summer. Plantings on all crops there were slow and delayed.  Sweet corn harvest in the Midwest ended 3 weeks later than last season and overall many of the crops in the Midwest this season proved to be a challenge.   Processors throughout the Midwest are on the market for green peas and corn and the struggle will be to get to 2020 season as all products are in short supply, including potatoes.


Rain and cold weather slowed down much of the Canadian potato crop.   The province of Manitoba ended their potato harvest sooner than anticipated due to frost hitting the area in early November.   The rains in that area delayed harvest and prevented farmers from getting all of the crop out of the ground before the frost arrived.  Two processors in the area will be affected by this outcome and surplus potatoes coming from Idaho to make up the shortage is unlikely this season due to winter weather arriving in Idaho early.


Broccoli and Cauliflower growing regions are currently in peak production.  Weather in Mexico has been sunny and warm.  All processors are now running at capacity with good yields and excellent quality.   Demand is high for cauliflower due to the rice cauliflower boom.   Cauliflower during our recent visit to Mexico was being processed and raw material was excellent.   However, processors are still a bit concerned whether they will be able to meet demand due to earlier issues with reduced yields coming out of Mexico’s rainy season.


Broccoli season in Guatemala is now completed.  All in all it was a difficult year for Guatemala’s broccoli harvest due to weather issues and a reduced crop.   Recent weather conditions have been okay and Guatemala is now coming into their season for sugar snap peas and brussel sprouts.


Mango season in Peru is underway and all indications point to a good season this year.  Asparagus season now completed.


Asparagus season winding down 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.   Strawberry season is also underway, and demand is high due to the poor strawberry season in Mexico and California this year.


Reported by NAPMN, Japan imported 1.8 million pounds more french fries than its previous July – September 2018 quarter making the total imported amount from North America 188.8 million pounds.   Potatoes from Europe to Japan dropped approximately 3%.  Japan has been the largest french fry importer on the global market, however during the last 5 years, Brazil is now proving to gain this position.


Potato yields are reported to be down, however not as low as last season.  Hard soil, results from the dry, hot summer, slowed down harvest progress and potatoes did not bulked up as anticipated which resulted in lower yields.  Storage pipelines were empty when new season began, along with a growing demand from Eastern Europe for fresh potatoes. This will affect the volume of potatoes necessary to fill the factories at capacity.    Harvest movement was slower than usual, particularly in The Netherlands and Belgium in September/October due to excessive rains.

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.


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.

Canned pineapple prices are beginning to rise again due to a shortage of raw material and current demand.


Zhejiang Province

Lotus root harvest has begun, with peak season ongoing.   Both broccoli and cauliflower are in the transplant stage with harvest of some early fields commencing. Plantings for sugar snap peas and pea pods has begun.

Fujian Province

Autumn crop edamame season is ongoing. Water chestnut season is now underway.

Shandong Province

Fall broccoli and cauliflower season now being harvested.
















North American Potato Market Newsによると、日本の今年第3四半期のフライドポテトの輸入量は、前年同期よりも180万ポンド(約816トン)多くなりました。北米からの総輸入量は1億8,880万ポンド(約8万5,600トン)に上っています。ヨーロッパからの輸入ジャガイモは、約3%減となっています。日本は世界最大のフライドポテト輸入国であり続けてきましたが、過去5年間はブラジルがこの地位を奪っています。
















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