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Northwest Sweet Corn Season Begins!


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Northwest green peas harvest has been completed.   Conditions have been good; however, weather heated up in the middle of the pack which caused bunching for some processors.  Overall budgets were met, however there may be more lower grade peas than desired, with high quality AAA grade product at a premium.   In regard to organic peas we are hearing there were lots of issues this season with weeds, reducing yields so we are expecting organic peas to be in tight supply this year.

Northwest sweet corn has commenced, and so has the true heat of summer!  Temperatures over the last week have climbed to 106 degrees in the Pasco/Tri Cities area.   Overall, everyone is anticipating a favorable pack. The heat moved up the start to corn season by a few days, started a few days but it is still too early to make any predications as we have a long way to go yet in the 100-day season.

Carrot will commence in late September and Lima Bean production is scheduled for the middle of August.

According to North American Potato Market News report, the potato growers and processors have been through a year full of ups and downs.  COVID has really interfered with storage potatoes and new crop pricing.  None-the-less spring of 2020 was cooler than normal during potato planting; however, the crop is fully emerged, and tuber development looks normal.  Early variety Shepodies are being harvested and reports advise that potatoes have good solids, size and yields.   Most factories are now running new season potatoes.

Washington State’s red raspberry crop has been pressured with pest and mold issues of late, the overall crop is short due to these two issues. Raspberry pricing continues to rise because of the crop shortage.

Eastern Washington blueberry harvest is underway with reported good fruit size.

Frozen Blueberry in Washington State are in high demand.  The harvest was delayed this year due to weather and circumstances in the fields.  The blueberry crop has been fighting both pest (SWD) and mold issues.  Growers are anticipating a reduction in yields because of the pest and mold issues.  Early in the season the fresh market had strong sales of the Duke variety.  This along with the issues the growers are faced with may leave a bit of a shortage for frozen blueberries.  The weather in the Northwest both Oregon and Washington state has been warm over the last few weeks and we could see some fruit softening.  The season is not completed at this point and we will continue to monitor the progress.

Washington State and Oregon State cherry growers are contending with “little cherry disease”.   The disease produces a small, pale, low sugar fruit which is not harmful for human consumption, it is just not flavorful and cannot be sold.   Once a cherry tree has this disease it must be cut down.  In regard to fresh cherries, estimates a 20% reduction in product from 2017.  Universities are working with growers to help eliminate trees that are infected thus trying to stop the spread of the disease.

The USA tart cherry harvest continues to struggle.  The early May frost damage that hi Michigan when trees were in bloom reduced the crop from 170 million pounds in 2019 down to 123 million pounds for 2020.  Low temperatures in Utah have also aided to the decrease in pounds (over 20 million pound decrease).  Overall numbers have been released and the USA crop came in 65 million pounds below last year’s harvest.

Midwest region green pea are towards the end of the pack.  Overall the pack is looking to be on budget, but some areas have been affected by heavy rains and then extreme heat; which can cause green peas to mature faster than normal. The Midwest/East coast looks to finish up harvest within a week.

Sweet Corn in the Midwest continues to develop.  Planting has been completed now.  All signs at this time point towards a normal pack year for the processors.  Weather to date has been typical for the time of year.


Broccoli and Cauliflower growing regions are in their rainy season and it is in full progress.   Although there has been some flooding, for the most part processors have been able to build up inventories and shipments seem to be going out as scheduled.   Peak harvest and production will start up in October.

Reported by IHS Markit news, Avocado season in Peru has not been keeping up with past years.  Processors who have invested in their equipment and capacity are watching it sit idle until sales increase.  Like most business’s the Covid 19 pandemic has decreased most hotel and foodservice sales and based on lack of employees and social distancing, production is only producing at about 40% capacity.


Broccoli Peak broccoli harvest is ongoing and to date conditions have been good with enough rain to help the crops along.


Industrial Peaches grown in Argentina’s Valle de Uco produce upwards of 85% of the raw material (88,289 tonnes in 2019/2020).  These peaches are typically used in the canning market (87%) and for purees (13%).   The overall crop came in mediocre with a dilemma on the horizon.  Trees are ageing faster than new trees are put into production, leaving ageing trees with decreased yields.  New Trees are not only young, but also new varieties which can yield higher tonnes once in full production.  During 2020 they are expecting to replant almost 171 ha out of the 1,000 ha that are being removed.  Also, the number of producers in the region is decreasing as well.


The season continues to be a bit of a struggle out of Europe.  All due to weather issues as well as strong demands in the retail markets due to Covid 19.

Belgium, Europe’s largest frozen pea producer, will suffer a 15% to 20% reduction in yields this season due to drought and many customers will be prorated.

Green pea season in Hungary this year has been delayed due to weather (the ground is too wet for normal harvest).  Peas in northern Europe have not fully recovered from the drought like conditions.  Green Peas continue to be difficult to find out of Europe for the spot market.

Hungarian sweet corn is off to a slow start by about a week due to weather issues.  Hungarian sweet corn volumes overall can be upwards of 70,000 tones in the frozen market (cob and cut) and 320,000 tonnes of canned product.

Italy’s canned sweet corn season was delayed due to weather; however, they are in full swing now.  The area in northern Italy increased their planting by 6% to help compensate for growth.

Spain has a good start to its broccoli season with good quality and yields, however the later part of the season suffered due to heat and broccoli may be tight due to lower yields and quality.

Sour Cherry crops in Europe (Poland and Hungary) have been better then analyst predicted.  The weather which completely ruined the strawberry crop did not seem to hinder the growth of the cherries.  The price of Sour Cherries is on the incline making them too expensive at the moment for freezing.  These cherries are used in the fresh market, wine and liquor segments as well as compote due to the sweetness.

Serbia:  Based off of HIS Market intl, Serbia’s red raspberry yields are off anywhere from 10-40%.  Estimates early on based the reduction of yields to be off by 10%, due to weather (this was at the time of bloom), but now weather is starting to play a role in this as well and shortages are being reported at 20-40 percent loss based on region and source.



北西部のスイートコーンは、収穫が始まりました。それと同時に、盛夏の暑さも始まっています! 先週は、パスコとトライシティーズの辺りで気温が41℃以上に達しました。全体として、誰もが良好なシーズンを期待しています。トウモロコシの収穫は7月中旬から下旬に開始されましたので、100日間のシーズンを確実に見通すにはまだ時期尚早です。


North American Potato Market Newsによると、ジャガイモの生産者と加工業者は、山あり谷ありの1年になっているとのことです。新型コロナウイルスが、貯蔵ジャガイモと新ジャガイモの価格に大きく影響しました。2020年の春は、植え付けの間に例年より寒い日が続きましたが、十分に生育して、ジャガイモは通常のサイズになっているようです。早生品種のシェポディー種が収穫されていて、固体比重、大きさ、収穫量すべて良好と伝えられています。ほとんどの工場が、今では新規に収穫されたジャガイモで生産を行っています。










IHS Markitによると、ペルーのアボカドのシーズンが、過去数年のレベルを下回っています。設備投資をして生産能力を拡大してきた加工業者は、販売が増えるまでの間、新しい機器を稼働させられずにいます。ほとんどの業者に共通することですが、新型コロナウイルス感染症の流行を受けて、ホテルや外食サービス向けの販売が減少しました。また、従業員不足やソーシャルディスタンスの影響で、生産量は40%程度に留まっています。













セルビア:IHS Markitによると、セルビアのレッドラズベリーは、収穫量が10%から40%も下がっているそうです。早期の見積もりでは、(開花期の)天候のせいで10%減とされていましたが、またも天候が影響を及ぼし始めていて、生産地および関係筋からの報告によると、今では20~40%不足するとされています。


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