Crop News

An Unpredictable Pea Season


United States

A cold and wet spring in the Pacific Northwest delayed pea plantings and the crop is running about 2 to 3 weeks late. June was extremely cool and wet in Oregon and Washington and rainfall hit record highs. Along with the rain there was some wind and we have heard that some fields were lost to the wind. The past 10 days has been a total turnaround with temperatures in the 90-degree range with a few days hitting 100 in some areas. This has caused bunching and we will most likely lose some pea yields. All in all, processors are struggling, and we expect the pea market to remain tight.

Sweet corn plantings are pretty much completed. We expect the crop to commence middle to end July. Crop could move along a little faster with the recent heat which corn likes.

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.

Most growers planted potatoes earlier this year due to low inventory from 2021 season. The weather for potatoes has been overall good, despite the rain and cooler temperatures. However, the recent sudden heat in the last 10 days may affect yields and quality.

Prices are going up in October as demand is still high in the U.S and expected to continue to rise at 5% annually. Supplies will be limited and prices remain strong.

Onion yields were down 20% – 40% in Oregon and Idaho this past season due to the unusual higher heat during the 2021 season. While the quality was average the onions did not size up due to the heat, causing reduction in yields. Most U.S. suppliers are already committed and sold out for the upcoming 2022 season.

 Much of the asparagus fields in the Northwest were lost and were not 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. The rain and cooler temperatures in June have also hindered the crop and predications are for smaller yields this season.

Pacific Northwest berry crops are about 2 to 3 weeks behind due to the rain and cool temperatures. With areas now heating up it will move the crops along but if it gets too hot crop damage and reduced yields could occur.

Midwest Area

Wet field conditions, rain and cooler weather slowed down planting progress for peas and sweet corn. Peas are now all planted and harvest in some areas has begun. Rain and cool weather slowed the crop progression however it is now heating up this has improved pea crop conditions.

Sweet corn is 85% planted in some areas to date and with the recent heat in the Midwest things are moving along nicely.

Processors are reporting that frost conditions in Michigan this past winter did not cause much injury 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. The cherry crop in general appears to be a good one this season with an estimated volume of 198 Million pounds. It has been heating up recently, so this could cause some bunching which may affect yields.


Cool weather, rain, and unstable temperatures will cause a reduction in the cranberry crop this season. Bee pollination has been low which has growers worried.

Wild blueberries: A good season, with quality and yield is expected.


Mexico’s rainy season is now upon us and processors are pulling broccoli and cauliflower from Northern areas.

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 struggled, 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 is commencing this month in Guatemala.

Costa Rica

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


Organic spinach is now underway in Ecuador. 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 available ex Peru and prices have firmed.


New season broccoli has commenced.


Alphonso mango crop is now completed. Prices have been about 25% higher than last year which was reported in IHS Markit as the highest ever. Higher prices are due to lower yields due to poor quality fruit.


Green peas have been planted and harvest is now underway.

Spain’s frost, cool weather and rain has resulted in many crops there being damaged. Lettuce, celery, broccoli and cauliflower have been damaged and could not be used due to all of the mud imbedded in product. The recent pea crop has also been hurt dramatically with low yields as a result of the poor weather conditions.

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.

Potato prices in Europe are significantly on the rise and most suppliers have reduced their footprint and not taking on new clients.


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. Present drought conditions and lack of water will also affect other crops there , including Hungary’s sour cherry crop, with an anticipated yield drop of 20%


Calbee plans to raise prices on the Japanese firms snacks and cereals by as much as 20% due to rising raw material costs. Calbee has made efforts to absorb costs, however have now found it impossible to keep costs where they are. Price increases will go up by 10% to 20%. Calbee will also reduce bag size on some products. This is a result of the overall industry’s raw material potato prices rising along with all other input costs at higher levels.


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.

New season garlic is now coming into cold storage placement and volumes are expected to be high. Domestic garlic consumption is still a question due to covid restrictions and how quickly the Chinese foodservice market will recover.






































アルフォンソマンゴーの収穫は完了しました。価格は昨年より約25%高く、IHS Markitによると史上最高値だそうです。果実の品質が悪く、生産量が下がったことが、高値の理由です。














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