Global Focus Potatoes and Onions

PEI potato growers watching and maybe waiting

Following the tail end of Hurricane Dorian touching down in the region earlier this month, Prince Edward Island potato growers are watching and potentially still waiting for yield on their fall potato crops. “The outcome of the hurricane varied across the Island. We had heard a variance of 12 - 125 mm.…

Incoming domestic supplies likely to affect onion pricing

Following a spring and summer of high pricing on onions, with the fall comes a new crop and a change to pricing and movement. “We’re seeing a decent amount of supply of onions this year so it should be better than last year. Supplies should be pretty good,” says Jason Davenport of Allied Potato Inc. With…

Organic potato acreage increasing in response to demand

The appeal of organic potatoes is increasing and growers are planting more acreage in response. This is according to Jeff Stachelek of Albert Bartlett USA and is supported by Nielsen sales data. Stachelek says that the majority of growth in the potato category is occurring in the specialty types like…

Spanish onion wasn't affected by the storms

Onion prices remain low due to abundant supply

The heavy rains in Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, and part of Albacete have slowed the onion harvest, which came out ahead of schedule in this new campaign, especially in Albacete, one of the few onion producing areas where the weather has been very benevolent so far and there have been very few rains. “The…

Northwest onion harvest delayed due to weather

Onion growers in the Northwest have not yet commenced harvest of the storage crop. A combination of weather events has impacted the timing of the crop, beginning in the spring when cool and rainy weather interrupted planting. Additionally, the curing and drying cycle has been affected by fluctuating…

French onions

"Not an exceptional year but yields that are nevertheless decent"

The French onion harvest continues. Some significant plots still need to be harvested, but Jean-Luc Parou, general manager of La Ferme des Arches, shares his analysis of the current market situation: “We can now say that we will have a better year than last year in terms of yields, despite the similar…

Tim Elcombe - British Onions

“Yields look like they should be back to normal this season"

The UK onion harvest is getting underway and the dry weather in September is making for good conditions at the moment. “It is very early days, but the yields will certainly be better than last year,” comments Tim Elcombe Chairman of British Onions. “Yields look like they should be back to normal this…

Charl van der Merwe – Môrester Landgoed

“Our onions were some of the best Europe received this season”

The past export season has been the best in a good number of years for the onion producers of the Western Cape, and Môrester Landgoed in the Koue Bokkeveld, outside Ceres, hopes that this is a trend that’s set to continue. “Our onions arrived very well in the UK and Europe,” says Charl van der Merwe,…

Daniel Voll, Vau-Ge LLC:

"Best season for Italian onions of the last 30 years"

After the heat of last year and the resulting shortages, the onion market was exceptionally low in the first six months of this year. This resulted in a rush for imported goods: "Due to these market conditions, this year we had the best season of the last 30 years for our onions from Italy," says Daniel Voll…

Brazil saves Dutch onion export sector in first 7 weeks

In week 33, Dutch onion export volumes totalled 21,712 tons. These are the numbers reported in the latest export figures published. Between weeks 27 and 33, the Netherlands…

Prices come back down on onions

Domestic onion supplies are building as harvest gets underway. “We’re just harvesting our fall storage crop so right now we have good supplies. They’re going into our storage building through to March and into April,” says Jessica Peri of Peri & Sons Farms in Yerington, Nev., noting that harvest began on time in mid-August.…

Anders Eriksson from L.E.V. potato packing:

“It's a good time for potatoes”

Last year’s heat wave had disastrous effects on potato harvests throughout Europe, resulting in extremely low yields. With this year’s harvest just around the corner in Sweden, though, the predicted yields are looking good. Anders Eriksson from Swedish potato packing company L.E.V. says: “This year we had a good summer with a…

European potato yield predicted to be 3% above average

The NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) estimates the forecast potato harvest 2019 between 27 and 27,3 million tons for the 5 leading potato countries. This is 3% more than the 5 years average and 12% more than last year. At this stage, the estimations are mainly based upon trial digs.…

“Prices for Indian onions have been at a 3-year-high this season”

The Indian onion season has been a vibrant one, with prices being higher than they’ve been for the past three years. Although the weather can partly be blamed for this price increase, it’s also true that the production areas for onions have decreased. For Indian onions traders, the season is proving to…

Demand strong for new crop Idaho potatoes

A month into the Idaho potato harvest, and everything is on schedule for a decent year ahead. Growers reported a late start to harvest due to weather conditions during planting, but since then, conditions have been relatively favorable, resulting in a non eventful first month of harvest for the new crop.…

Four-year project works with smallholder farmers to increase sustainable farming practices

Bayer presented challenges and best practice experiences with the implementation of its Root2Successs™ concept during the African Potato Association congress in Kigali, Rwanda. This holistic concept supports sustainable production systems covering crop rotation, soil preparation, catch and cover crops…

Delayed start for Ontario onion season

The first onions of the Ontario season have just started shipping. The initial harvest is of transplant onions, while seeded onions are yet to be harvested. Growers say that both harvests have been delayed by two weeks because of the variable weather conditions in Ontario, which began in the spring. "We…

2019 onion harvest looks better than last year’s

Supplies of onions look relatively ample across the country. “There are plenty of onions in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Canada and New York. Wisconsin and Michigan will be coming on soon as well and they appear to have good crops. We’re going to have plenty of supplies for the next nine months,” says John…

Red River Valley potatoes less than two weeks away

Red River Valley potato growers are gearing up for the start of their season. Harvesting is expected to commence within two weeks. "Most growers should be starting during the week of September 9," shared Dave Moquist of O.C. Schulz & Sons in Crystal, North Dakota. Moquist also pointed out that the Valley…

Early crop PEI white potatoes “disappointing”

Early yields on Prince Edward Island, Canada potatoes aren’t looking strong, though recent bouts of rain may help that turn that around. “We have a fairly limited early market. It’s much less than what it used to be 10-15 years ago,” says Dwayne Coffin of Vanco Farms in Mount Albion, PEI, noting it ships…

FreshPlaza Potatoes & Onions Global Focus

Our September Global Focus is all about potatoes and onions. These hardy vegetables are produced and demanded all over the world, and most varieties will be harvested in the late summer or early fall. The abundance of varieties ensures that there will always be something interesting going on with these…

North Carolina sweet potato harvest begins

North Carolina has begun its sweet potato harvest. The last two weeks have seen growers harvesting test fields with some beginning their main harvest a week ago. Growing conditions have given reason for optimism and reports are that the early potatoes are looking good. "We are right at the beginning of…


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