Crop News

April Freeze Plus Snow Hurt Northwest Vegetable And Fruit Crops


United States

Green pea planting is completed. Recent cold weather and snow delayed plantings and we could see some reduced crop yields due to the unusual weather conditions in April. We do not anticipate a start date on green pea harvest until the early part of June.

Sweet corn plantings are underway and to date about 25% to 30% of the crop has been planted in the Pacific Northwest. Reports indicate that the April cold and snow will not affect the sweet corn crop.

Securing enough contracted acreage has been a struggle as growers have many other more profitable options to consider and processors are paying more to the growers this year. Double cropping with corn after peas for late season corn has not been as attractive to growers this season. Most processors are planning on same volumes as last season or even a little less.

Grower contracts are placed for potatoes, peas and corn and grower prices are up between 30% to 40% in the Northwest. Higher grower prices, higher fertilizer prices, higher energy costs, increased transportation costs and lack of labor, are pointing to a .10/lb. to .15/lb. rise in prices. Securing labor continues to be an issue and it is becoming more difficult to employ enough combine drivers to harvest the crops.

Grower contracts in the Colombia Basin for 2022 season potatoes are completed with the increase in volume focused on early variety potatoes. Input costs for the 2021 season were up by about 15% to 20%. 2022 will bring costs up another 18% to 22%. The 2022 potato crop will be the most expensive potato crop ever planted due to grower concerns about rising costs.

Potatoes plantings in Idaho and the Colombia Basin have resumed after a stop due to the cold and freeze in April and crop development has been set back.

 Raw product supplies could fall short this coming season due to the high demand both domestically and abroad for French fries and all types of processed potatoes. As well growers may choose not to grow as much due to the continually rising costs. The Colombia Basin has less potatoes in storage compared to last season at this same time and had been bringing in raw material storage potatoes from the East. Processors were hoping to fill the gap with early variety potatoes, however with the unusual cold and snow in April which has delayed growing and planting we could see some processors harvesting early variety potatoes before they are ready. Potato processors are facing one of the most challenging years in a very long time.

Onion yields are down 20% – 40% in Oregon and Idaho this past 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.

Asparagus season in the Northwest is delayed by about 2 weeks and much of the fields are lost and will not be harvested due to temperatures as low as 24F to 25F and snow.

Washington State will most likely see a smaller cherry crop this coming season. The late April cold temperatures and snow will damage some of the cherry crop. Predications are that the middle of the season will be the most difficult.

Michigan area fruit crops will be hurt by record cold temperatures. Cherries, apricots and peaches will all see some losses.


North American Potato Market News has reported that Canada is expected to see a 5,000 acre reduction in potato planting for 2022. Most contracts are completed with many growers reluctant to grow potatoes due to rising input costs. Contract prices were up by about 20% for 2022.


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. Cooler weather has also slowed the crop.

In addition, recent weather events such as changes in average temperatures, rainfall and wind has reduced yields. Mexico has suffered through the last two years of increased costs for fertilizers, chemicals, fuel, electricity and labor. High grain prices have moved many growers away from growing broccoli and cauliflower as well as other vegetables. As a result processing volumes are stuggling and prices are high.

Pepper season is ongoing in Mexico with cool weather and a slow start to the season.

Mexico’s mango season is underway and will run through May. Both Tommy and Kent varieties are available.

 The Mexican government implemented a mandatory minimum wage increase of 22% effective January 1, 2022.


Cooler weather affected yields for both snow peas and sugar snap peas this season in Guatemala. Mango season ongoing.


Chile continues to struggle with all fruit and vegetable crops due to recent drought issues and water shortages.Some factories are only running at 75% to 80% capacity. Temperatures are warm and manual labor has been difficult to come by. With few mechanical harvesters available it has proven to be a difficult berry season. Raspberries especially are in tight supply.


Heavy rains impacted the mango season with lower volumes. Avocado season has been reported as a good one in Colombia.


Peru plans to increase its avocado production and its share of the global market. Avocado shipments to international markets grew by about 30% in 2021. The Netherlands is the main destination for this fruit, followed by Spain and the North American market. Peru’s mango prices have increased recently due to high demand, rising production and transportation costs.


Green peas and beans still remain short in Europe until the new season commences in June/July. Last season 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 in 2021.

Raspberries in short supply ex Serbia due to heat and rain during the 2021 season. Demand is high as well.

North Western Europe had one of its most humid summers (2021) in the last decade. Some areas of Belgium and Western Germany experienced historic high rainfall. Lower yields caused by blight, hollow hearts, and cracks hindered Europe’s 2021 potato crop.

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.


Due to very strong European retail demand the price for raw material sweet corn used for canning and freezing has gone up by 50%. Some say as high as 60%. There has also been an acreage reduction of 20%, due primarily to growers having other crops to grow which command higher prices with less input costs. These factors will increase prices for canned and frozen corn coming out of Hungary. Price increases could be as high as 50% for canned corn, especially considering the increased cost for tin plate of almost 50% higher compared to last year.


Prices for Strawberries out of the Sichuan China region have almost tripled due to the cold weather there and a reduced crop.

Onion is at the end of its off season. Peak season will commence middle July.

Queues of container ships still sit outside of major Chinese Ports. China is experiencing its biggest spike in Covid – 19 infections since the initial outbreak.

With a now 0 covid policy, manufacturing and logistic issues continue to mount.

With many remaining home due to covid restrictions there is a limited amount of truck drivers. Drivers must have a negative covid test for 48 hours in order to drive and this is complicating matters more. Truck costs are skyrocketing, and prices continue to go up. It is very difficult to get products in and out of China, especially in Shanghai where a complete covid lockdown is causing severe supply chain disruptions














North American Potato Market Newsによると、2022年はカナダのジャガイモの作付面積が5,000エーカー(約2,000ヘクタール)減少する見込みです。契約はほぼ完了しています。投入コストの高騰を受けて、多くの生産者がジャガイモの植え付けに消極的です。2022年の契約価格は約20%値上がりしました。




























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