Crop News

A Perfect Potato Season


United States

Sweet Corn season in the Pacific Northwest is now completed. Overall, the season was a strong one with abundant yields and superior quality. With the above budget crop, many processors have extra inventory and price levels have changed from firm to very aggressive.

Diced Carrot processing in the Pacific Northwest will go through Middle November. Season has been average.

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.

The Pacific Northwest, including Colombia Basin and Idaho, has had nearly perfect conditions for growing potatoes. Both yields and quality have been excellent.

 With Idaho’s increased acreage of nearly 35,000 additional acres and excellent yields there will be plenty of open market potatoes.

In the Colombia Basin a cool spring resulted in lower yields for early varieties, however later variety yields have been above average. Storage potato harvest has been underway and potato sizes and yields have been excellent!

The conditions in Maine however have been a bit disappointing. Weather has been hot, humid, and very wet. With excessive rains, harvesting has become difficult and yields and quality are off. Growers are concerned about storage potatoes and disease issues due to the wet weather.

The potato harvest is now completed and there will be plenty of potatoes to keep factories running at capacity until new season 2024!

French fries and other processed potato products are in high demand, 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 although at this writing we have seen some softening in the market.

 Retail sales of potato products increased by about 17 billion over the last year with the largest volume of that going to frozen potatoes.

California’s carrot crop has suffered setbacks due to Tropical storm Hilary during August and September. Plantings were disrupted at that time and processors are expecting some loss of yield along with gaps in harvest. Expect to see disruptions in shipments between November through February.


Pea harvest finished up in the Midwest just under budget.

Sweet corn is now completed, and crop was slightly above budget.

Sugar snap pea crop is complete. There has been some heat and lack of rain causing crops to mature quickly resulting in some bypass, however overall conditions were good, and the sugar snap pea crop has come in on budget with excellent quality.

Dry conditions causing some yield loss on the carrot harvest.

US fruit stocks in general are still high and creating a buyer’s market. Some price reductions helped lower supplies, but product availability remains high. The largest stock is frozen blueberries, with the largest share being cultivated blueberries.


Excessive rain in the Eastern Provinces of Canada has hindered the potato crop there. Too much moisture has increased disease, caused lower yields and in some areas, harvesting was not possible as fields were too flooded.

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.

Wild Blueberry production in Quebec area is now completed. Rain before harvest brought on good fruit development resulting in good yields and quality.

Cranberry harvest ongoing. Cranberries require cooler weather to ripen and with the heat in September it is anticipated that the crop will suffer reduced yields.


Broccoli and Cauliflower peak season now underway. Good yields and quality are being reported and processors are running at full capacity.

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.

Green and Yellow Zucchini currently under harvest through June.


Broccoli season will be winding down in Guatemala by the end of December. The season was a good one with high yields and perfect quality.

Okra season now through December is producing very nice quality and strong yields.

Costa Rica: Due to hot and dry weather the pineapple crop has been challenging for the past few months resulting in low processing volumes.


High yields on both conventional and organic broccoli due to very favorable weather conditions have created a surplus of broccoli in this region. Cauliflower is expected to be short during the rainy season January through March so expect some shipment delays during this time.

Mango yields and quality will be disappointing this season. Due to El Nino bringing warmer temperatures and rain, the season which runs September to late November will be dismal. Predications are for a 50% or more drop in mango production in Ecuador.


 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.

As well Peru is experiencing the El Nino phenomenon which is bringing warmer than usual temperatures.

Mango season in Peru will be impacted by El Nino which has hindered flowering.

Edward variety is expected to commence in December with Kent to follow in January. A 50% drop in yields for Kent variety is expected. Peru’s largest export partner for mango is Europe. Price estimates about 30% higher than last season.

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

Strawberry season is ongoing through end December and the crop is expected to be 30% lower than 2022.


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. Peak asparagus season is ongoing through December.


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 has now commenced.


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 potato plantings in all Western European countries this past spring. Weather challenges including a dry spell resulted in uneven yields. Seed, soil, and climate conditions have all had an impact on the emergence and development of the potato crop.

Estimates for the 2023 potato harvest are that yields are expected to fall short of 2022 levels in Germany, the Netherlands and Poland. Belgium is estimating yields to increase by about 4%, while Frances yields to be same as 2022 season. Raw material supplies will likely remain tight for processing factories.

Raw product supply will improve for European processors, although the heavy rainfall may affect the quality of the storage potatoes in Europe this season.

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.

Seed Potato: Europe delivers seed potato worldwide. Due to cold weather and rain, planting of seed potato was delayed by over a month in some areas having an impact on harvest dates and yield. Based on information from the NEPG, acreage on seed potato was reduced by 5000 ha in the Netherlands and France. It was also down in other areas. Seed supplies are expected to be limited this season.


Brussel sprout season, running through end November, is reported as very good. However, Pea yields are down by about 10% – 15% due to unfavorable weather in May/June.


Frozen raspberry prices continue to decline based on low demand. Most of the stocks are being held in Serbia and Ukraine.


Reported by S&P Global, Japan increased imports of frozen sweet corn from China by 54% while Japan decreased its imports from the U.S., its largest supplier, by 36%. Thailand also enjoyed an increase into the Japanese market on frozen sweet corn by about 14% compared to last season.


Egypt has enjoyed a growth in their strawberry exports, while other countries had setbacks. The growth in market share has been influenced by Egypt’s lower price point compared to other countries.


China’s exports of canned corn are up over this past year with the largest volume recorded to date at approximately 74,000 m/t. With a strong demand in Europe and Hungary’s lower production volumes last season, China was able to increase their exports to Europe.

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%. New Season garlic encountered heavy rain which resulted in some of the crop becoming damp and moldy causing lower yields and a decrease in bulb diameter. The market seems to be calming down with stable prices for a few months now.

China now holds the mantel for the largest producer of cultivated blueberries which are mostly the smaller rabbit eye type. Production numbers are reported at about 270,000 m/t compared to U.S. at 248,000 m/t.

Water chestnut season will commence in December, with optimal quality being processed January onward. At this moment prices are expected to remain steady.





























































S&P Globalによると、日本では、中国からの冷凍スイートコーンの輸入が54%増となった一方、最大の供給国である米国からの輸入は36%減となりました。タイも日本への冷凍スイートコーンの輸出を増やしていて、昨シーズンと比べて約14%増となっています。








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