Crop News

Global Potato Yields Down This Season


United States

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. Dry land pea fields suffered the most. The pea market officially remains tight with prices on the rise.

As we approach the autumn season temperatures in Eastern WA and Oregon have cooled off quite a bit. However, the early summer heat did take its toll on sweet corn. Yields are down, and kernel size is smaller than usual. The harvest will be ending this month and with the reduced temperatures processors now have a possible freeze on their mind. The market is tight on sweet corn, with demand domestically and globally very high. Most processors are off the market on kernel and cob but those who are not are naming their price.

 Extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest in June and the continued warm weather through August has affected the potato harvest in the Pacific Northwest. High heat causes discoloration inside the potato as well as a lower number of tubers developing and smaller potatoes in general. Expected yield loss in the Colombia Basin is between 10% to 15% Some growers have pushed back their harvest hoping to give potatoes more time to grow larger. A few processors have offered an extra $1.50 per hundredweight for additional raw potatoes on spot market. Quality issues and small size potatoes will be a result of the extreme hot summer in the Pacific Northwest growing area, including Idaho.

Sliced and baby whole carrots are now being processed in Washington and Oregon. Size seems to be smaller than usual this season and yields are down compared to last year. Overall quality is good to date.

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%. The Raspberry harvest in Washington State is now completed 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 is completed, and 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 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, 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.

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 area peas are estimated to be about 10% less in yield this season due to hot weather. The season is now completed.

Midwest Sweet corn harvest is ongoing with unseasonabley warm weather with some light rain in places. The yields and quality have been good, however sweet corn is coming on sooner and quicker than expected pressuring factories to process, and it is now evident that some corn fields will need to be by passed. This will result in the Midwest coming in under budget this season.

Midwest carrots are showing some signs of stress due to the continued warm and dry weather.


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.


New season broccoli and cauliflower will commence in October/November in the Bajio Valley, Mexico. It has been a very rainy summer season in Mexico causing lots of mold and low yields to both broccoli and cauliflower. The excess rain has also hindered plantings for the new season crop coming on in October/November. Processors are being cautious with their inventories.


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


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 in November/December. Current prices on all berry fruits are up due to Chile’s crop challenges which now include drought, lack of labor, and high demand worldwide.


Avocado season is completed, and reports are that total production volumes were higher than last year. 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. Asparagus season will commence this month.


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.

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.

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.


Genome-edited tomatoes have been introduced to Japan and on-line orders are being taken. Unlike genetically modified foods, genome edited foods are considered safe as no outside gene is introduced. The new variety tomato was modified to have a higher content of GABA, a nutrient which is thought to help reduce blood pressure. The tomatoes are being grown in Kumamoto Prefecture in southwestern Japan and a 3-kilo box is priced at around US$68.00!


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


Typhoon Chanthu sweep through China last month. Damages are reported in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces where 60% of the eggplant harvest has been damaged. Reports indicate that lotus root has also been affected.
































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