Crop News

Uncertainty in the U.S. Pea Market


United States

Here in the Northwest, Green Pea plantings are completed.   Harvest should begin in another 10 to 12 days, about 2 weeks later than usual.   Weather conditions have been very good for pea growing and to date the crop is doing well.   Some processors decided to cut back acres, due to the late planting start, however some planted more acres.  Future weather conditions along with plant capacities will dictate whether we have a tight pea market or not, however we still believe prices will be going up. 

Processors have begun to plant sweet corn and the season should begin, weather cooperationg, by first week of August.  It has been difficult for most processors to secure acreage this season due to competition with more profitable crops, such as hemp, and we are hearing there will be a reduction in corn production by approximately 15% to 20%. 

There are rumblings of Northwest vegetable prices to be up by  .03/lb. to .05/lb. this season.

Potatoes in the Pacific Northwest are in the ground.    Wet weather in the beginning of April slowed plantings.   However, weather has been good and ideal for potato growing.   Early variety potatoes are already  emerging.  We expect the first early potatoes to be harvested the week of July 22nd or earlier if processors run short.  Demand for frozen potato products domestically is continuing to increase with a projected growth of 2.1% this coming year.   More capacity coming on line in the states of Washington and Idaho.  

Northwest berries are doing okay to date.   There will be some reduced yields on raspberries due to the cold winter and freeze.  Washington raspberry season should commence at end June /beginning July, with blueberries to follow late July.

Weather in the Midwest area has not been ideal with much rain and various storms.  Plantings on all crops there have been slow and delayed .   The shorten planting window could reduce crop size.  The planting delays sparked a corn rally with corn futures advancing to their highest levels in nearly two years.   According to USDA numbers only 58% of the corn crop has been planted, compared to the last 5 year average of 90%.

Prices for frozen celery have increased dramatically with product nearly nonexistent.  Rains in September and October caused reduced yields in the Midwest area while the East Coast growing regions suffered the same in January and February.   California’s new season will begin in June; however, it could be a short crop due to reduced yields caused by rains in spring.   California has been depleted of inventory since January.  All in all, it is a very short celery market.

California peak avocado season is underway. High quality is expected this season; however, yields will be low due to the California fires and high temperatures last summer.   Current rains though will help with fruit size and quality.  The rains are also good for tree health which will help with a stronger crop next season.

Blueberry season in California began about 2 weeks late due to excess rain and will go through 4th of July.   


Mexico still seems to be struggling with production of broccoli and cauliflower.   Cauliflower especially is in tight supply with some saying it is so due to the explosive popularity of rice cauliflower. While we have been optimistic, it is still not a perfect situation for processors in Mexico.   The months of February and March brought in less than budgeted packs, with much going to fresh market.  The month of June is Mexico’s last chance to run at full capacity before the rainy season begins.   Prices are firm, demand is high, and there is really no excess product in inventory.

Strawberry crop has come in about 20 – 25% short due to continued rains in Sept/Oct/Nov which flooded fields and caused damage to the plants.  The season got off to a late start by about 2 weeks and all indications are that Mexican processors are extremely tight on strawberry inventory.


Broccoli season will commence next month.


Mango season is now completed.  Avocado season is underway.


Sweet Corn and green bean processing completed in Chile.  There could be some corn shortages due to slighty reduced yields.   Food News reports that the strawberry season in Chile was very good this year with prices 5% lower on conventional strawberries and 1% lower for Organic compared to 2018.


Processing Potatoes:  Prices expected to rise again for European processing potatoes.   Due to the poor growing season last summer there is low inventory, including low seed inventory for plantings this season.  Raw product stocks are down in all potato growing countries in Europe, with the largest decline in Belgium.  Even with a decline in seed production last season, growers are expected to plant approximately 2% more acreage compared to last season.  Ground water was depleted last season and in some areas they are still facing issues with water supply.


Raspberry crop is 70% to 80% reduced due to poor weather (snow, hail and rain) and also some of the crop has been hit with disease.


Zhejiang Province

Edamame planting has begun, and harvest season expected to commence early July and will go through September.  Sugar snap peas now available and prices are reasonable.

Fujian Province

Green Bean harvesting and Edamame underway.

Shandong Province

Asparagus harvest now completed.

















チリのスイートコーンサヤインゲンの加工は終了しました。トウモロコシは収穫量がわずかに減少し、品薄となるかもしれません。Food Newsによると、チリのイチゴのシーズンは今年は上々で、価格は2018年に比べて非オーガニックは5%、オーガニックは1%低くなりました。












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