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Flooded Fields Could Take A Toll On British Columbia’s 2022 Berry Crop


United States

Early summer heat took its toll on the Green Pea crop and all processors are 20% to 50% below budget. 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. Dry land pea fields suffered the most. The pea market continues to remain tight with prices high.

Sweet corn suffered under unusual summer heat which affected the growth of sweet corn and most processors are 15% to 20% under budget. The market is tight with demand domestically and globally very high. Processors are off the market on kernel and cob but those who are not are naming their price.

Yield reductions on potatoes in both the U.S. and Canada have created supply challenges. Quality issues have further reduced the potato yields this season.

 Extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest in June, July, and continuing into August, with unusually high nighttime temperatures, affected potato size and quality. We expect a 15% to 20% reduction in the potato’s for processing this season.

In reference to quality, potatoes are smaller and misshapen which makes it much more difficult to process. Expect 2021 season French fries to be darker in color, have dark tips and be shorter. Some processors are modifying their specifications to be more in line with the quality outcome of the 2021 potato harvest.

Because of the heat stress to potatoes, storage potatoes are not expected to store well over the year which could further reduce yield and production volume. Staffing factories continues to be difficult and will also hinder production volumes this season.

Processors are still trying to buy raw potatoes on the open market, but it is proving difficult with logistic challenges ongoing.

Grower contracts in the Colombia Basin for 2022 season are now completed. We have heard that a 20% increase in raw material price has been contracted.

It is certain that raw product supplies will fall short this year due to the high demand both domestically and export for French fries and all types of processed potatoes.

Onion yields are down 20% – 40% in Oregon and Idaho this season due to the unusual higher heat. While the quality is reported as average the onions did not size up due to the heat causing reduction in yields. U.S. suppliers are sold out.

Fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington) are reporting Raspberry yields off by 30% to 50%. Blackberry yields may be down by 80%. Raspberry crumble volumes are limited due to the smaller size of the crop and also the smaller size of the fruit which reduces the crumbling.

Blueberry crop will be reduced by 20% to 40% depending on the area and grower. All in all, the berry crops in the PNW have been hit hard by the heat and the frozen berry market remains very firm moving forward. Contracts will most likely be prorated and prices increased.

More on Raspberries: Whatcom County harvested approximately 44.5 million lbs. of raspberries this season. This is down about 30.2% compared to the 2020 harvest and down 40% compared to the peak year in 2018. The second lowest total was 45.9 million in 2004. Extreme heat turned raspberries to mush and much of the harvest went to juice. Towards the end of June temperatures in the area rose to 106 degrees F. Overall, U.S. industry yields are down by 40% and prices are at all-time highs with little or no inventory available for sale.

Severe flooding in November and freeze in December may affect the outcome of the upcoming 2022 season in the Pacific Northwest. Flood losses in Whatcom county will result in an estimated 50 Million dollars in overall damages.

While in British Columbia, Canada approximately 1000 acres of blueberry fields still remain under water. Severely impacted growers may need to pull out their plants and replant which will be a large financial expense as well as put pressure on the industry in general. Damage to fields in British Columbia will be assessed after the water recedes. The past few years have been difficult for British Columbia growers with unpredictable weather events and pollination challenges which have resulted in less blueberry yields.

Cherries which are already short in Michigan due to frost and freeze conditions in April/May, are also short in the Pacific Northwest growing areas due to the heat. The high heat stopped the cherries from reaching their full size as well as causing cherries at the top of the trees to shrivel.

U.S. cranberry production is reduced this year due to heavy rains in August and September and lower than expected volumes produced in Wisconsin and Massachusetts.

Prices for all berry fruits worldwide are up and expected to continue to rise due to low inventories coming into the new season and smaller crops this season globally. Covid is still an issue with labor difficult to find and labor costs continuing to rise.

Midwest USA

Higher than normal temperatures during part of the season brought the corn on quickly resulting in bunching hence reducing yields. Pea and beans both came in under budget this past season.

Beet harvest has wrapped up and yields and quality are reported as very good.


Rain has helped favorably move long season potato varieties such as Russet Burbank along in Eastern Canada, while high heat and dry weather has hurt the Western Canadian potato crop resulting in quality issues and smaller size potatoes.

Wild Blueberry crop in Quebec area was affected by adverse weather conditions and the crop there is projected to be reduced by approximately 50% for conventional and 85% for organic product.

Quebec, Canada’s cranberry production is estimated to be 25% to 30% lower than average due to a cold spring which hindered the crop development.


New season broccoli and cauliflower are underway. It was a very rainy summer season in Mexico causing lots of mold, undesirable quality, and low yields to both broccoli and cauliflower. The excess rain also hindered new season plantings which resulted in a late start to the new season. Processors are struggling to meet customer demands and most Mexico processors of broccoli and cauliflower are sold out and not taking on any new business. Processors are being very cautious with any available inventories.

Fertilizer and labor costs are up. The Mexican government implemented a mandatory minimum wage increase of 22% effective January 1, 2022. This along with much higher fertilizer costs and tight inventories have forced all Mexican supplier to increase prices going into 2022.

Avocado production in Mexico is expected to reduce by 8% compared to last year. Due in part to less tree productivity as well as insufficient rain amount and high heat in some areas. International demand for Mexican avocado’s continues to increase.

Raspberry harvest has begun in Mexico with high prices right out of the gate.


Broccoli season continues with good yields and quality due to ample rain needed to grow the crops. Melon season is now underway.


Blueberry and strawberry season underway. Temperatures are warm and manual labor has been difficult to come by. With few mechanical harvesters available it will prove to be a difficult berry season. Prices are high on all the berry fruits and if product is required, buyers will need to make decisions now to secure product. Coming into fruit season with little or no inventory from last season’s berry crop failures due to heavy rain and frost, Chile is highly anticipating the commencement of their new season crop. However, the struggles are already beginning with high temperatures, lack of labor, social political unrest and Covid making a comeback.


Mango season is expected to run through the end of this month. Heavy rains impacted the season and lower volumes are expected. Most processors are sold out.


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

North Western Europe had one of its most humid summers in the last decade. Some areas of Belgium and Western Germany experienced historic high rainfall. Lower yields caused by blight, hollow hearts, and cracks have hindered the European potato crop. Processors may be unable to meet customers’ expectations unless demand falls short of last year’s production.

Predications mention that European growers could reduce their potato acreage in 2022. High costs for fuel, fertilizer, chemicals and labor are encouraging growers to plant other crops which benefit from less capital and lower risk. Some of the strongest grain prices in years is enticing growers to switch from potatoes to grains.

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 by about 14 days. Both Poland and Serbia will see reduction in their berry fruit yields for the 2021 season. Serbian raspberry crop may see a 30,000-ton reduction compared to previous years and prices for blackberries have tripled. The countries of Greece, Germany and France all suffered losses of their cherry crop.

News From Hungary

Low temperatures in June and very warm temperatures in August has affected Hungary’s sweet corn crops and an 18% lower harvest is expected. Prices are on the rise for Hungary’s canned sweet corn due to lower yields and extreme demand in the European retail sector both last year and continuing this coming year.


Raw material pineapple is coming into processing facilities; however, the lack of labor is hindering full output of canned pineapple volume.


Water chestnut season is underway. However, with logistic challenges ongoing it will be difficult to receive product this month. Prices are higher this season due to demand, a smaller crop and increased freight costs.

Overall adverse weather in Northern China during sowing and harvest led to quality issues and high crop losses of various vegetables. China’s largest vegetable growing province, Shandong, reported large losses due to heavy rainfall and flooded fields. This along with logistic struggles has exerted upward pressure on prices coming out of China.














ラズベリーについての詳細: ワシントン州ワットコム郡の今シーズンのラズベリーの収穫量は約4,450万ポンド(約2万185トン)でした。これは2020年と比べて約30.2%減、最も多かった2018年と比べて40%減です。これまでの最低記録は2004年の4,590万ポンド(約2万820トン)でした。酷暑のせいで実が柔らかくなってしまい、収穫分のほとんどはジュース用に回されました。6月末にかけて、気温が41℃に達することもありました。米国全体の収穫量は40%減で、史上最高水準の価格を推移しています。販売できる在庫はほとんど、あるいはまったくありません。




































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