Charlie Eagle Discusses Limited Asparagus Supplies

From And Now u Know | 8 August 2023

Overview of asparagus supplies in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on August 4, 2023. 

MEXICO & PERU – In recent weeks, extreme temperatures have hit North, Central, and South America, affecting crop production. One category that has seen the challenges presented by unseasonably warm weather is asparagus, which, despite fair quality, is experiencing limited supplies.

“Peru, like much of the world, is experiencing record warm temperatures. This is causing lower-than-normal asparagus yields by about 35 percent,” says Charlie Eagle, Vice President of Business Development, Southern Specialties. “We foresee this trend continuing through the 2023 Peru harvest. Southern Specialties works with our customers by providing timely information to help them make informed decisions that bring value to their asparagus programs.”

asparagus volumes by ori

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

According to PRO*ACT’s The Sourceas of August 2, 2023, El Nino effects are lowering production by as much as 60 percent in growing regions of Peru like Trujillo and Olmos. Due to this strain, more pressure is being put on southern growing areas. Due to lower production, supplies are expected to remain tight for several weeks.

In Central Mexico, a lack of rain has affected production by up to 45 percent. There have also been reported effects on quality as well. Starting this week, Central Mexico will slowly reduce harvest tonnage until early September. The Sonoran areas of Sonoyta, San Luis, and Caborca are expected to be the next areas in Mexico to start harvesting asparagus, followed by Constitucion in Southern Baja in the fall.

While it is currently difficult to tell how El Nino could affect start dates, extreme heat has elevated the market in Mexico, and these conditions are anticipated to continue for several weeks.

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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