United States: Pea season completed in the Northwest. Most processors ended up on budget, however there are a few who came in under budget, while some others experience a much higher percentage of lower grade product putting their customer requirements out of balance. We are hearing the Midwest and Canada struggled with their pea packs and Europe as well. With that said most suppliers are off market on peas and prices will remain firm.
Sweet corn harvest is in full swing. The season has been very good in both the Northwest and Midwest. An earlier start in both regions due to warm weather has resulted in an excellent harvest condition this year. Yields are higher than average and quality is very satisfactory. Northwest is expected to be winding down in another month or so and the Midwest should be completed within the next few weeks. Some reports coming out of the Midwest mention some bunching ocuring at the tail end of the crop and some acreas may have to be bypassed , however overall budgets have been meet.
Blueberry harvest in the Northwest is completed. For the most part the harvest was a good one, however due to the heat there have been reports of some soft fruit. U.S Blueberry inventory is reported high due to an over production of wild blueberries as well as some higher inventories of cultivated blueberries. Prices have soften as a result.
The new season potato harvest in the Columbia Basin is underway. Early variety, Shepody, is completed and Russet Burbanks are now being processed. To date we have heard reports that yields and quality are good. All processors seem to be gearing up to handle increased capacity.
Mexico: Rainy season in Mexico is well underway and aquifers are being filled. Currently broccoli and cauliflower yields will be a bit low until Mexico is out of it’s rainy season which should be in the next month.
Guatemala: Peak production of broccoli has begun and to date conditions have been excellent for a top quality pack.
Thailand: The summer pineapple crop in Thailand has suffered due to high temperatures and not much rainfall. Supply is tight and prices up. Shipments are delayed.
Peru: Mango season in Peru is expected to be better than last year due to the cooler weather. The flowering is going well and the harvest is epected to begin in November. Aspargus season will begin this month.
Chile: Asparagus season will begin at the end of the month with prices being announced within a few weeks.
Europe: It is being reported that Europe has faced the worst crop season in about 40 years. Caused by extreme weather conditions such as heavy rains and hail in May, June and parts of July all vegetable crops have been affected. Regarding to green peas, yields are down by about 40%, especially in the areas of Northern France and Eastern Belgium. Carrots have also suffered large losses. Green bean planting was delayed by about 3 weeks due to flooded fields and volume losses to this crop will be substantial. Expect prices to be up, especially on peas and green beans by about 10 – 15%.
Although European potato acreage was increased this season, it is expected that yields and volumes will be down due to the weather conditions across Europe’s potato growing regions. Currently field prices are higher than they were last year at this time.
Japan: Japan has suffered a string of typhoons over the past few weeks which is normal for this time of year. However the intensity has been very severe, especially in the north of Japan in the Hokkaido area which is the corn growing area. Flooding and deaths have occurred as well as damage to some of the processing factories there. We have heard reports that 40 % of Hokkaido’s corn crop has been desimated. Other crops which suffered and will be in very tight supply are potatos, carrots and kobocha.
Severe Flooding On the
Northern Island of Hokkaido Japan
Shandong Province: Edamame processing will end this month. Due to rain the quality declined during the last month of production resulting in brown spots. However the overall crop result was average this season. Green asparagus is finished and with a drought in July and heavy rain in August many vegetables suffered a 20% to 30% drop in yields.
Zhejiang Province: Edamame harvest is now complete. Quality is good, however yields are down due to heavy rains. In addition we have just heard reports that due to recent high heat throughout August much of the crop declined in quality. Supplies will be tight and prices have increased compared to last season. White gourd and eggplant are currently being processed in Zhejiang province, however due to heat in August those crops have suffered as well.
Fujian Province: Okra production has begun and should last to the end of September. The typhoon that ripped through this province in the early part of July destroyed many of the crops there, especially in the North. Production of Lychee has started and due to rain yields will decline sharply. Prices are up.