Crop News

Contract Negotiations Under Way for 2024 Potatoes


United States

Sweet Corn 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  It was a good carrot season in Oregon and Washington and the crop came in on budget.

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, enjoyed nearly perfect conditions for growing potatoes in 2023.   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 were above average. Storage potatoharvest produced excellent size and yields.

The conditions in Maine however were a bit disappointing. Weather was hot, humid, and very wet. With excessive rains, harvesting became difficult and yields and quality are off.

Overall, there are enough raw material potatoes to carry all U.S. potato processors through the season!

Contract negotiations for 2024 season are now underway in the Columbia Basin.  Raw material prices are stable or slightly down by about 2%.   As well acreage volume may be reduced by about 12%.  Fertilizer and fuel are a bit lower than last season, however other input expenses continue to rise.   Land rent, high interest rates and equipment costs will play a role in raw material prices as well as grower decisions on how much to plant.  Also carryover of 2023 storage potatoes may cause reductions in yields for early variety potatoes this coming season.

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

In general, it was a difficult year for California. California is the United States number 1 producer for crops such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, lettuce, onions , carrots, peppers and tomatoes. Overall, the state produces half of the U.S. vegetable production. The heavy rain provided many challenges this past year and farmers suffered lost yields, reduced yields, and quality issues due to flooded fields.


Pea harvest finished up in the Midwest just under budget.

Sweet corn crop was slightly above budget.

There was some heat and lack of rain during sugar snap pea season causing crops to mature quickly resulting in some bypass, however overall conditions were good, and the sugar snap pea crop came in on budget with excellent quality.

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. As of end September 16% more blueberries remained in stock compared to the same time frame last year.


Excessive rain in the Eastern Provinces of Canada hindered the potato crop there. Too much moisture 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.

Overall Canada will have enough raw material to carry through the season, although there may be some shortages of fry quality potatoes in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces. However, there are enough potatoes elsewhere to move east to cover any supply gaps.


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

Poblano and Anaheim peppers now being harvested.

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 continued Mexican peso’s strength against the dollar.

Green and Yellow Zucchini currently under harvest through June.


Mango yields and quality are disappointing this season. Due to El Nino bringing warmer temperatures and rain, 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 delayed fruit blossoming, and the crop is expected to be irregular and intermittent. Due to demand of fresh market and limited availability we expect I.Q.F. prices to be high. 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.

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.


The October and November heavy rains have and will affect Chile’s fruit crops, including strawberries, blueberries and cherries. Blueberries for processing have been arriving to factories at a slow pace.  Fresh buyers have lowered their quality expectations due to limited supply which has resulted in even lower volumes for processors.

Chile is the third largest processor of cultivated blueberries after China and the U.S.

Asparagus season in Chile is completed. Torrential rains during October/November along with lower-than-average temperatures have reduced yields. Raw material prices later in the season were about 25% higher so this, coupled with lower yields, means we expect to see low volume and higher prices coming out of Chile for frozen asparagus.

Costa Rica

Higher temperatures have slowed down pineapple development and yields are expected to be down. Fresh market demand and lower yields have caused an increase in Costa Rican frozen pineapple prices.

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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 low output.  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.  Final numbers will support that this past year the harvest is down by about 41% which some consider the lowest volume produced in the last 15 years.   Projections for 2024 seem to be similar due to the overall demand slowdown globally of canned pineapple.


Strawberry season has commenced and to date conditions look to a good season. Egypt has become the largest grower and producer of strawberries worldwide. There are rumblings of higher raw material and processing costs which may result in higher strawberry prices out of Egypt this 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 potato plantings in all Western European countries this past spring 2023. 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.

More recently abundant rainfall in Northwestern Europe during October/November hindered the potato season bringing harvesting to a stop. There is also concern of potato rot and low quality. European Potato prices have been increasing.

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.

Autumn rains in Europe and lower temperatures in December delayed the carrot season across Northern Europe and has caused yield loss and quality problems. Carrot supplies will be tight, and prices are up.


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.


Frozen vegetable exports have risen by 45% over the past year.  Frozen sweet corn has topped the list with the majority of volume going to the U.A.E followed by Russia, the U.S. and Europe.


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. 

Water chestnut season has commenced with optimal quality now being processed.  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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