Crop News

Pacific Northwest Pea Yields Down


United States

Pea harvest is underway. Overall, early season yields came in under budget and this could reflect a 20% drop in pack for some processors. The situation is more severe for those whose fields are not irrigated and we are hearing numbers of a 50% to 60% reduction in yield due to lack of rain. The weather has been warm and dry and this week we are expecting temperatures up to 100 degrees in Eastern Oregon and Washington. This could affect the pea harvest further. Pea harvest is approximately 75% completed and should finish around middle July.

Sweet Corn has silked and expected harvest start date is around middle July.

Overall, Industry experts advise that seed is short and land cost is high (land cost has doubled over the last 10 years!). Competition from higher cost crops, with labor costs increasing as well as labor being hard to find, are making it more and more difficult for processors to manage their costs. Expect vegetables, including potatoes, to be priced higher coming out of the 2023 new season, although we do not believe that increases will be as high as last season.

Early potatoes in the Colombia basin were a bit behind schedule due to the wet and cool spring, however the warmer temperatures in May have moved the crop up.

Fryers are still struggling in the Pacific Northwest to secure 2022 raw material to meet current demand for processed potatoes and have been metering sales to stretch volumes until new season commences. Colombia Basin processors plan to start new season French fry production around July 15th.

French fries and other processed potato products are in high demand and global supplies are low. Raw material cost is high, labor is expensive and difficult to find, and input costs are high which will bring us to another year of higher potato prices.

Cherry harvest commenced and growers have been optimistic. With the last few years being very difficult they are expecting a better season for 2023. Based on numbers from the USDA , Sweet Cherry production is expected to be up by about 60% compared to last season. New heat and smoke regulations and labor shortages are struggles which all orchard growers are facing. These challenges could impact the outcome of the season.


Pea season has commenced in the Midwest area. Dry weather/lack of rain are posing struggles for all crops, including green peas. Early crop yields are showing signs of stress. The pea harvest is about 20% completed.

Sweet corn plantings should be completed by early this month.

Carrots are 100% planted, with Lima beans and sugar snap peas almost finished.

Michigan expects a near budget crop on Cherries, with the season to commence this week.


As of June 1st Canadian potato storage holdings were down by about 3% compared to same time last year. As in the U.S., Canadian processors are watching inventories closely to meet commitments until the new season commences.

The weather was good during planting time; however, some hot and dry weather has moved in and growers are a bit concerned.

In summary Canadian potato stocks are down y/y, but still higher than the past three-year average. Seed movements are up, while fresh movements are down. Planting is on time and the frozen industry is expanding. Canada is the third largest exporter of frozen fries worldwide and their exports to Mexico and Japan have been increasing. As well, one of Canada’s processing factories is doubling their capacity.


While volumes of broccoli and cauliflower coming into the factories have been good, we are now heading into the rainy/off season so we are expecting volume reductions during this time.

Labor costs are rising again in Mexico and this along with increased input costs will result in higher prices out of Mexico.

Costa Rica

Pineapple peak season is now completed. Prices for raw material have been low for both fresh and processed, however not low enough to offset production input costs. There is speculation that some smaller growers could replace their fields with more profitable crops which could affect overall volumes moving forward.


Passion Fruit supply will be low coming out of Ecuador this season. Heavy rains have affected flowering and supplies are low. Some expect a reduction of half of the supply.


Sweet corn harvesting reached its peak with enough raw material supply for the canned industry, although canners are still trying to catch up on delayed shipments due to the flooding and lack of supply last season. Growers received higher prices for raw material: the highest in the last 6 years based on demand and having the possibility to grow for the more profitable animal feed industry.

Ongoing drought has affected the Thai pineapple season with the lowest output in Thai’s canning history. Crop estimates for canned Thai pineapple are at record lows. The El Nino effect has reduced yields with small fruit size.


Avocado season is ongoing through August. Heavy rains have hampered avocado harvesting. Dices, chunks, slices, halves, and pulp is available in both retail and foodservice packaging. HPP is also available.

The blueberry season is completed and there are still some stocks available for prompt shipment.

Still some stock available of frozen mango in Chunks and dices. The new season will commence November.

Frozen Strawberry is now in season through November. Medium and Large whole, dices and slices are currently available.

Organic Asparagus season has begun. Both Petite and large size asparagus spears are available.


Chile reported a 40% loss in their pea yields and a reduction in corn production due to less acres being planted and weather issues.

Kiwi season has wrapped up, as well as raspberry season with reports that volume is on the low end.


What Caused Australia’s Potato Shortage?

Wet weather, flooding and a persistent fungal disease were the causes for Australia’s potato shortage. The main growing regions, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia, were hard hit by flooding right before Christmas, which resulted in the spread of potato disease. Delays to harvesting and planting due to weather issues were also a factor. As well, higher fuel costs and fertilizer costs hindered some growers to plant potatoes.

With the rains subsided for now, potatoes are returning to Australia’s fresh and frozen shelves, however growers are still up at night worried about rains and disease returning as well as higher input costs.

Researchers work on ways to combat fungal diseases and most recently they can detect in newer potato varieties fungal disease at the very early stage.


Rains in Europe have delayed the start of the pea season in Belgium by approximately 20 days while in Spain the crop may produce lower yields due to drought. The Hungarian crop is reported as favorable with warmer weather improving conditions. Recent reports indicate that raw material price for peas across Europe will go up by as much as 40% for the 2023 season. Growers there will need incentive to grow peas due to rising input costs and the pull to grow more profitable crops such as grain.

Prices for frozen strawberries have strengthen in Poland due to the lower yields and quality suffered from the hot and rainy weather there.

Hungarian sweet corn prices have fallen due to low demand and new season approaching. Grower prices are reported up by 20% for the 2023 season.

Serbian raspberries are in low demand and there are reports of sizeable stocks mainly in smaller cold storage facilities who did not sell at the beginning of the season which has resulted in price declines. Based on current plant growth at this time it is expected that the season will be short due to lower yields. Prices are currently depressed.

Potato prices in Belgium and the Netherlands rose in June due to large demand and lack of raw material inventory.

Due to heavy rains in spring, plantings were delayed, and more recently hot and dry weather has hurt the crop which may delay the start of the new season 2023 potato crop in Europe.

Higher production costs for potato growers and environmental constraints make growing potatoes more risky, difficult, and expensive. However, demand for raw material is increasing due to new processed potato factories coming on board as well as some existing factories expanding capacity. We have already heard grower prices up by 30% to 45% for the 2023 crop. This will surely impact French fry prices moving forward. European potato acreage for the 2023 season is expected to increase. Growers are expanding due to higher prices and large demand.

Global demand for potato products, including French fries, remain high despite the limited volumes available.


Garlic prices plateaued in May and have been holding steady. The garlic crop is down about 12% – 15%, which includes an acreage reduction of about 10%. Lower yields are reported based on a decrease in bulb diameter.




















































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