Crop News



United States

A cold and wet spring in the Pacific Northwest delayed pea plantings and the crop ran about 2 to 3 weeks late. July’s heat wave with sizzling temperatures well into the 100 degree and over mark, brought on the crop very quickly. Acres have been lost as some processors could not keep up and had to bypass acreage. Other processors are reporting that AAA grade peas did not come in on budget and much of the season graded out lower than AAA grade due to heat and bunching. This coupled with rain and wind in June has resulted in a tight pea market.

High heat has brought on the sweet corn harvest sooner than later and processors are now running sweet corn. Temperatures this week are coming down in Oregon and Washington but still in the high 90-degree range. Still too early to know how corn will be affected, if at all.

Most growers planted potatoes earlier this year due to low inventory from 2021 season. The initial weather for potatoes had been overall good, despite the rain and cooler temperatures. However, the recent sudden heat in the last 10 days in the Colombia Basin has affected yields. Processors have asked growers to dig 10 days earlier due to depleted inventory of storage potatoes, so they have not reached full yield potential. This along with temperatures over 100 degrees, have affected yields and reports are that yields are down by about 20% on these early harvested potatoes. Growers are also anticipating reduced yields overall based on the heat.

Prices continue to rise on potato products as demand is still high in the U.S and expected to continue to rise at 5% annually. Supplies will be limited, and there is uncertainty on how the recent severe heat and further weather may affect the crop. Prices remain strong. We anticipate more increases on French fry products in October and November.

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.

In general onions and potato crops are still struggling. Dry onions, particularly yellow onions are at a ten-year high. Extreme weather and heat in California are causing a shortage. Plantings are down in California, New Mexico and Mexico as concerns mount about rising costs and water shortages.

Red and Yellow Pepper prices are also skyrocketing due to extreme heat which is affecting yields.

Orchard crops in the Pacific Northwest are in jeopardy this season due to the heat wave. However, many growers during last season’s heat wave scrambled to purchase headlights and lighting to enable harvest at night when temperatures are cooler and is less risk for crop damage and to protect workers. This will help during this current summer’s heat wave, however there are still losses expected. In apple orchards growers are using shade cloths to protect against sunburn.

The late April cold temperatures and snow in Washington state will damage some of the cherry crop. The rain and cooler temperatures in June have also hindered the crop, however much of the crop was picked before the heat wave hit, but we still expect to see reduced yields on cherries.

Pacific Northwest berry crops are about 2 to 3 weeks behind due to the spring rain and cool temperatures. Picking on blueberries should commence this week, however with the past 10 days of severe heat it may cause the fruit to ripen quickly. The crop this season is not ideal as the cold wet weather in spring during growth and pollination will show negative effects. Fruit size and volume is down, and anticipated yields are expected to be reduced by about 25%. With fresh prices very good it is driving a lot of berries to the fresh market which will reduce freezer volumes. We expect prices to be moving upward.

California’s peach crop is expected to be 25% lower this season.

Midwest Area

Wet field conditions, rain and cooler weather slowed down planting progress for peas and sweet corn. However warm weather brought the crops along and peas are completed, with sweet corn harvest beginning in some areas. For the most part we anticipate a good corn harvest in the Mid-West area pending any future adverse weather events.


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. Most processors are not offering broccoli or cauliflower to new clients until new season begins in October / November.

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


New season broccoli is underway.

Costa Rica

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


A short supply of raw material sweet corn due to heavy rain and flooding as well as current higher grower prices will result in short supply and increased prices for frozen and canned sweet corn coming out of Thailand.


This summer’scrippling heat wave across Europe has caused havoc in much of the crops across Europe leaving some countries facing their worst harvests in years. Lack of precipitation causes soil water content to reduce making it harder for plants to extract water from the soil leading to widespread stress on crops. This has been particularly true in Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal and Spain.

Devastating heat in Spain resulted in some vegetable processors there losing almost half of their pea harvest. There has also been difficulty securing farmers to plant and grow vegetables such as peas and corn due to more profitable and less water intensive crops such as wheat. Spain’s sweet corn pricing has risen almost 45% this season. Most European suppliers are off market with no new buyers being accepted currently.

In regard to grain harvest, France has been severely hit with 20% of its harvest lost. Italy is expecting to lose 13% of its wheat and Britain 12%. In general, across Europe wheat production will be down about 10%.

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. The current heat wave in potato growing regions and lack of moisture at this stage of crop development will reduce yields there.


China’s sour and sweet cherry season is anticipated to be up by about 8% this season. In China’s largest cherry growing region, Shandong, a drought has caused a reduction in crop, however other areas have expanded production.

































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