Crop News

Sweet Corn In Full Swing


United States

Green Pea harvest is completed. 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 was very warm and dry in Eastern Oregon and Washington with days spiking as high as 100 degrees during the peak pea season.

Sweet Corn harvest has begun and to date the conditions and yields look good with weather continuing warm but not as warm as it has been over the last few weeks.

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.

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 along and early variety potatoes are now being harvested. Yields on early varieties have been below average by about 5% to 15%, although quality has been good.

Yields on peak harvest potatoes are expected to be average or above average if good weather conditions continue.

Idaho’s growing conditions have been nearly perfect, and the outlook is for a very good potato crop this season in Idaho. If weather conditions continue to cooperate most expect an overall bountiful 2023 potato season.

Peak harvest with later potato varieties should commence sometime this month and run through October.

French fries and other processed potato products are in high demand and global supplies have been low. Raw material cost is high, labor is expensive and difficult to find, and input costs are high which has brought 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.

New Mexico

A signature crop in New Mexico, the hatch chili, has suffered under the state’s heat wave and drought conditions. Growers are seeing a 30 – 50 % drop in yields due to tip burn which impacts the plants.


Pea season is ending this month. Yields have been down due to uneven emergence due to limited rain and the heat.

Sweet corn harvest has started in Southern Wisconsin with the rest of the state to begin this month. Overall, the crop looks average. Minnesota’s sweet corn crop should begin soon but rain is needed to bring the crop along in the coming weeks.

The green bean and beet crop are showing signs of stress due to the lack of rain and high heat.

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


The weather was good during planting and most potato growing regions in Canada are reporting that the crops look very well to date.

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 was 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.

Organic Blueberry harvest will be ending earlier than usual due to the heat and dry weather. Organic crop volumes are down due to poor pollination and lost plants resulting from the flooding back in 2021.


While volumes of broccoli and cauliflower coming into the factories have been good, we are now in the rainy season and expect volumes to drop this month.

We have seen a 10% to 20% increase in pricing coming out of Mexico on both broccoli and cauliflower. Reasons for the dramatic increase include higher ingredient and labor costs and more recently the Mexican peso’s strength against the dollar.

Costa Rica

Pineapple fruit will significantly decrease this month due to dry season, with improved volumes starting up again in September.


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.


The agricultural year in Peru has been challenging due to Cyclone Yaku, an unusual low pressure system that traveled through Peru and Ecuador in early March.

The blueberry harvest began slower than normal with lower volumes and expectations are that the season will come up with much lower yields than expected, however still higher than last season.

Mango’s risk low flowering which may reduce production. Harvest should commence in November.

Avocado production is lower than expected due to higher winter temperatures resulting in smaller fruit.

Asparagus: Warmer winter temperatures has allowed for higher production, however some fields have not properly completed their winter dormancy cycle so this could affect future production.


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. Summer crop is finished and winter crop should be commencing in September.


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. As well it is reported that a recent hailstorm at the end of July has caused damage to the raspberry crop. Prices have been depressed and growers are calling for higher prices.

Here is a recap of the current situation in Eastern Europe on raspberries,

The raspberry market in Eastern Europe is facing a number of challenges, including low prices, high production costs, and competition from other countries.

  • Serbia is a major producer and exporter of frozen raspberries, but prices have fallen sharply this year. The Serbian government has responded by introducing an emergency lending program for farmers, but it is not clear if this will be enough to help them weather the crisis.
  • Poland is also a major producer of raspberries, but prices are even lower than in Serbia. Polish farmers are protesting the low prices and calling on the government to ban imports from Ukraine. However, it is unlikely that a ban would have a significant impact on the Polish market, as Ukraine only accounts for a small fraction of Poland's raspberry imports.
  • Ukraine is a major supplier of raspberries to Poland, but prices are also very low in Ukraine. This is due to several factors, including high production costs, competition from other countries, and the ongoing conflict with Russia.
  • Moldova is a smaller producer of raspberries, but prices are also low. This is because Moldova is a landlocked country, which makes it difficult to export its raspberries to other markets.
  • The raspberry market in Eastern Europe is facing several challenges, and it is unclear how long it will take for prices to recover. In the meantime, farmers in the region are struggling to make a profit.


Drought and high temperatures throughout Europe will reduce the cherry crop in Poland. While demand is average, suppliers are expected to be lower than last season.

The North-western European Potato Growers (NEPG) have reported an initial estimate on potato acreage increase by 2 – 3% . However, a difficult growing season and a very large demand for potato products could raise prices even more.

Rain delayed plantings in all Western European countries this past spring. Seed, soil and climate conditions have all had an impact on the emergence and development of the crop. The potato season is expected to commence this month with early varieties.

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.

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


Cling peach harvesting is ongoing. Recent hailstorms could affect the quality of the crop and produce a harvest below budget.


Raw material peach is reported to be down by 20% this season.

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.










































  • セルビアは冷凍ラズベリーの主要生産国・輸出国ですが、今年に入って価格が著しく下落しました。セルビア政府は農家向けの緊急融資制度を導入して対応していますが、この危機をしのぐのに十分かどうかは明らかではありません。

  • ポーランドもラズベリーの主要生産国ですが、価格はセルビアを下回っています。ポーランドの農家は抗議活動を行って、ウクライナからの輸入を禁止するよう、政府に求めています。しかし、これが実現したとしても、ポーランドの市場への影響はあまりないと見られます。ウクライナ産のラズベリーは、ポーランドが輸入しているラズベリーのごくわずかな割合を占めるにすぎないためです。

  • ウクライナはポーランドに相当量のラズベリーを輸出していますが、ウクライナの価格も非常に低くなっています。これにはいくつかの要因があり、生産コストの高騰、他国との競争、ロシアによる侵攻の継続などが含まれます。

  • モルドバは比較的小さなラズベリーの生産国ですが、やはり価格が下がっています。モルドバには海がなく、ラズベリーを他市場へ輸出するのが困難なためです。

  • 東ヨーロッパのラズベリー市場は複数の課題に直面していて、価格の回復にどれだけ時間がかかるかは明らかではありません。その間にも、この地域の農家は利益計上に困難を来たしています。












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