Crop News

Yields Down On All Northwest Berry Fruits


United States

Green Pea harvest is now completed.  The early summer heat took its toll on the Green Pea crop and most processors are 20% to 50% below budget.  Extreme heat with temperatures between 105 – 117 degrees made it difficult to keep up with the harvest and many processors had to leave their peas in the ground. Look for replacing contracts with B and C grade peas.  Dry land pea fields suffered the most.  The pea market officially remains tight with prices on the rise.

High heat continuing, although not as high as our June heat, processors are now worried about its effects on the sweet corn harvest.  The extreme heat in June caused stress to the plants and when this happens the plants stop growing. Sweet corn season is now underway, however many processing plants are seeing “green out” meaning the corn is not ready to harvest due to stoppage in growth.   This is peak harvest time and usually processors are running every day, however with “green out” there is a stop in production and factories are idle as corn is not ready to harvest.  The current outlook on temperatures for the next few weeks is still higher than normal with some days in the triple digits.   Overall the quality which is being processed is reported as good but still too early to tell the full effect of the earlier heat wave on the sweet corn crop yields.

Midwest area peas are estimated to be about 10% less in yield this season due to hot weather.   The season should be winding down this week. 

Sweet corn harvest has begun in most areas of the Midwest and to date yields and quality are reported as average.   The weather continues warm with little rain in the forecast.

Potatoes do not like heat!!  The extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest in June and the continued warm weather will surely affect the potato harvest in the Pacific Northwest.   The Colombia Basin potato area is in peak harvest and the heat has lowered the solids.   High heat causes discoloration inside the potato as well as a lower number of tubers developing.   Researchers have found that potato growth will shut down with temperatures above 95 degrees so a week or two of temperatures over 100 degrees in our potato growing regions here in the PNW will surely affect potato growth.   Yields are down, and processors are concerned that there will not be enough potatoes to cover finished product demand.

Fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington) are reporting Raspberry yields may be off by 30% to 50%.   We are hearing blackberry yields may be down by 80%.   The Raspberry harvest in Washington State should be completed in a few weeks at most with raspberry crumble volumes limited due to the smaller size of the crop and also the smaller size of the fruit which reduces the crumbling.

Blueberry season will begin within a week or two and it is still too early to tell what type of damage this crop may have suffered from the high heat.  There is heat damage being seen on many of the blueberry plants.  All in all, the berry crops in the PNW have been hit hard by the heat and we expect the frozen berry market to remain very firm moving forward.  Contracts will most likely be prorated and prices increased.  

Cherries which are already short in Michigan due to frost and freeze conditions in April/May, will now be short in the Pacific Northwest growing areas due to the heat.  Cherries at the top of the trees have shriveled and high temperatures are known to cause the fruit to temporarily stop cell division and that could prevent them from reaching full size. 

Prices for all berry fruits worldwide are up and expected to continue to rise due to low inventories coming into the new season, smaller crops this season due to heat in the Pacific Northwest, high demand, and struggles with weather during new season berry harvest in Chile and Europe.


Harvesting of Broccoli and Cauliflower in the Bajio Valley has now stopped as Mexico’s quarantine becomes effective in May/June.   New season broccoli and cauliflower will commence in October/November in the Bajio Valley, Mexico.  It is now rainy season; however, factories are running using product coming in from Northern farms.

Avocado season in Mexico runs July through end May.   A freeze this past winter could affect the volume coming out of the season later this summer.  U.S. consumption continues to increase and prices for fresh and frozen avocado is expected to increase going forward.


New Season broccoli harvest has commenced with quality and yields good.


Fruit season in Chile has been very challenging.   A devasting storm at the end of January damaged crops.  Grape crops were particularly hit hard, however, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries also suffered much damage. Price are up, and inventories will be very tight moving forward.   It is estimated that damages from this storm will be over US$150 million.   Current prices on all berry fruits are up due to Chile’s crop challenges, lack of labor, and high demand worldwide.


Avocado season is ongoing.  Yields and quality expected to be good, however labor costs will increase prices.   Mango prices have risen further due to small fruit size and dry weather conditions resulting in a reduced crop.  The season is now completed, and prices will remain firm.


Green peas and beans remain very short in Europe with no relief in sight.  Heavy rain and hail have hit most of Europe and crops (peas, corn, beans) are struggling as fields are too wet to harvest.  Both Belgium and the Netherlands are having difficulties with producing their crops and expectation is that we will see a 20% or more reduction in yields on many products.  

A 2021 spring freeze which struck across Europe has damaged most of the stone fruit crop there.   Cold and rain in Serbia has delayed blackberries, raspberry and cherry crops there by about 14 days.    Both Poland and Serbia will see reduction in their berry fruit yields for the 2021 season.   Prices are rising.


Lower volumes of raw material sweet corn being delivered to factories and tin plate prices have risen again.  Some are expecting canned sweet corn prices to be adjusted upward.


Temperatures are rising in China as Zhejiang and Fujian Province enter into their rainy season. 

Edamame and Mukimame are being processed with Sugar snap peas and snow peas completed.

Asparagus prices are higher this year due to reduced acreage, reduced volume, and higher transportation costs.

Chinese cherry crop has been hurt by heavy rain and expected yields are low with numerous split fruit.






ジャガイモは暑いのが嫌いです! 6月に太平洋岸北西部を見舞った猛暑とその後も続いた暑さは、間違いなくこの地域のジャガイモの収穫に影響するでしょう。コロンビア盆地のジャガイモ生産地は、現在、収穫の最盛期ですが、固体比重が減少しています。高温になるとジャガイモの内部が変色してしまい、また実の数も減ります。気温が35℃を超えるとジャガイモの生育が完全に停止することが、これまでの研究で分かっています。ここ太平洋岸北西部の私たちのジャガイモ生産地では過去1、2週間の気温が37℃以上でしたから、ジャガイモの生育に影響することは疑いの余地がありません。収穫量は減っていて、加工業者では、完成品の需要に応じるだけの十分なジャガイモが入手できないことを懸念しています。


ブルーベリーは、1、2週間以内にシーズンが始まるでしょう。高温でどのような被害が出たかは、まだ分かりません。  ただし、多数のブルーベリーの木に暑さの影響が見られます。全体として、太平洋岸北西部のベリー類の収穫は、暑さで打撃を受けています。冷凍ベリー類の市場は、今後、非常に底堅くなるでしょう。契約分の出荷はおそらく比例配分となり、価格も上がる見通しです。






















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