Despite volatility in vegetable and pulse markets influenced, at least partially, by an active hurricane season and multiple import tariff adjustments, both sectors show signs of only modest drops in production for 2019.
Cool, wet conditions in California producing areas caused concern during planting of summer crops, but did provide price support for overall vegetable markets. Fresh market vegetable trade values were mixed as export values rose over last year while import values declined.
Across all pulse varieties, exports for the current marketing year are projected higher year-to-year. In the first 7 months of 2019, U.S. chickpea, dry bean (excluding chickpeas), and lentil exports were all above the same period in 2018. Forecast growth in pulse use is supported by expectations for continuation of sharply-lower prices.
The 2019 all-potato acreage indicates a 6-percent decline in planted acres and a 5-percent decline in harvested acres from a year ago. In 2019, U.S. potato growers planted 967,500 acres. Two States, Idaho and Washington, accounted for almost half of the 2019 crop area. Idaho was unchanged from last year, while Washington increased acreage by 3 percent. Declines in some remaining States accounted for the overall decline.