Crop News

Sweet Corn Season Coming To A Close


United States

A late start to corn planting resulted in some processors cutting back on later acres due to concern about frost. Corn season in the Pacific Northwest will be finishing up this month. Strong yields and quality are being reported, however this will not offset the tight corn market as acres were lost due to limited second crop plantings on corn. Total volumes will be reduced even with nice yield this season. Demand is high.

Quality has been good for sliced carrots although yields are down due to size. Diced carrot production now underway with an average crop predicted.

Green Bean acres in Oregon and Washington were down due to competing crops. The bean season began 3 weeks late due to heavy spring rains which delayed plantings. Yields are average and the season should end middle October.

Most growers planted potatoes earlier this year due to low inventory from 2021 season. Warm weather over July, August and September while the potatoes were bulking has affected yields in the Colombia Basin. Size profiles are small. Reports indicate that yields could be off by as much as 20% in certain areas, while the average yield loss is between 8% to 12%.

Some grower contracts have already been completed in the Colombia Basin for the 2023 season, with increases again noted.

In Idaho yields on early variety potatoes have been down, however later crop potatoes are expected to turn out much better. Heat in Western Idaho has caused reduced yields, while the crop looks better in Eastern Idaho. Most growers are leaving potatoes in the field longer to help them size up.

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 heat and further weather may affect the crop. Prices remain strong and continue to rise. We anticipate more increases on French fry products in October and November.

While growers and processors struggle in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the state of Maine has had good growing conditions this season with adequate moisture and favorable weather. Potato quality and yields have been excellent.

Onion yields were down 20% – 40% in Oregon and Idaho in 2021 season due to severe heat. While the quality was average the onions did not size up due to the heat, causing reduction in yields. 2022 season has fared much better for onions and yields, and quality are reported as good, however most suppliers are already sold out.

The Northwest area had a good strawberry season. Weather was favorable and the pack was up about 20% from last year.

Western Washington raspberry season was disappointing. Going into harvest crops looked strong, however the arrival of high heat caused lower yields and soft fruit.

A colder and wetter spring caused damage to the Northwest Rhubarb crop. Rhubarb did not size up and reports indicate a 60% drop in the harvest compared to last season.

Maine is expected to harvest fewer wild blueberries due to high temperatures and lack of rain. Final crop figures are expected to be less than last season while quality is very good.

Midwest Area

Wet field conditions, rain and cooler weather slowed down planting progress for peas and sweet corn. Pea season is completed, and sweet corn has been underway since August. In general, the sweet corn crop has been going well in the Midwest, with nice yield and quality. The crop is approximately 75% completed and should finish no later than the end of this month.

Fertilizer cost in the U.S. is going up for the 2023 season by about 10% to 15%. The crops are expected to cost 20% more to produce next season.


Heat and lack of rain in many of the potato growing regions of Canada has delayed crop development and affected yields. We expect a shorter potato crop coming out of Canada.


The rainy season is now over and volumes of broccoli and cauliflower coming into the factories are good. Overall, Mexico expects an abundant pack during the next three months if weather conditions cooperate. Quality and yields are favorable.

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.

Costa Rica

Raw material pineapple volume have 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.

Winter harvesting of pineapple will commence this month.


Blueberry season is now underway. Peru’s varieties have enjoyed the cooler winter weather and the crop came on 2 to 3 weeks earlier than usual with volumes and quality very good.


This summer’scrippling heat wave across Europe has caused havoc in much of the crops across Europe leaving some countries facing their worst harvest 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.

Regarding 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%.

The Potato crop in Europe is expected to be smaller than last season due to severe heat and drought. Potatoes did not size up and had quality issues which has reduced the overall yields.

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

Europe’s Energy Crisis: Europe’s vegetable farmers are warning of shortages as the energy crisis there worsens. Across northern and western Europe vegetable growers and processors are debating stopping their productions due to the extreme cost of energy. Winter crops grown in greenhouses, such as tomatoes and peppers, and crops placed in cold storage such as onions and apples are in particular jeopardy due to severe power and gas prices. Farmers are warning of shortages. Higher energy costs along with higher fertilizer costs are prohibiting many from continuing to grow or process.


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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