Crop News

Green Pea Season Is Delayed


United States

A cold and wet spring in the Pacific Northwet delayed pea planting which in turn has delayed the start of the season by about 1 or two weeks. We expect harvesting to commence in the next week or so depending on weather. In general the weather has been cool which is good for peas so although we see a delay to harvest, we are expecting average or above yields and excellent quality this season.

Sweet corn plantings are underway and to date about half of the crop is in the ground. Depending on weather, we expect a start date of late July/early August.

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.

Frozen product inventories are declining and new season cannot come fast enough. Although Columbia Basin growers started planting potatoes earlier than usual, cold weather has slowed crop development.

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 until the new season commences .

 Much of the asparagus fields in the Northwest 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.

Pacific Northwest berry crops will be a bit behind this season due to the cooler weather. Bees are in the fields , however cool weather has held things up and most areas are trending 10 to two weeks behind schedule. A lot can change in the coming weeks ahead depending on weather conditions.

Midwest Area

Wet field conditions, rain and cooler weather has slowed down planting progress for peas and sweet corn. To date about 50% of peas are in the ground and sweet corn will commence as soon as ground tempertures warm up – hopefully this month.

Processors are reporting that frost conditions in Michigan this past winter did not cause much inquiry to the cherry, blueberry, and apple crops there. There has been significant bloom and as long as weather continues to cooperate there is anticipation for a good season.


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.

Wild blueberries are reported to flower this month and then pollination will take place. A good season , with quality and yield is expected. The coming weeks will be critical for cranberry crops and hopes are for no frost activity and stable temperatures.


Broccoli and cauliflower are underway with good warm weather and plants running at capacity. Mexico’s rainy season will be upon us soon so processors are trying to build up inventories currently as they begin to pull from Northern farms.

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 have stuggled and prices are high.

Strawberry season is now completed with very limited volumes available. Mexico’s Kent mango season is underway.

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


New season broccoli will commence in July. Avocado season still ongoing.

Costa Rica

Raw material pineapple volume has improved and along with this so have prices.

Ecuador: Peak season of organic spinach will commence this month, while broccoli is still in relatively short supply as cold wet weather during the first quarter of this year has affected yields.


Fruit /berry season completed. Prices are high and volumes very limited.


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.

Avocado season is now underway with volumes strong and prices stable in line with last season. Expect acreage on this item to continue to increase.

Asparagus is avialble ex Peru and prices have firmed.


Butternut squash harvest will finish up this month with new season broccoli commencing this month.


Green peas have been planted and harvest will commence in June.

Predications mention that European growers could reduce their potato acreage in 2022 and it will become the smallest on record. 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.


Still stuggling with a French fry shortage, Burger King , is now serving dried ramen snacks in place of French fries. Other fast food restaurants have been forced to seek alternative solutions to mitigate the impact of the global potato shortage . Starting in December McDonalds has reduced their French fry options to only small size, while others have taken hash browns off the menu.


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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