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On the Field Side, March 2024 

Harvesting vegetables, fruit and exceptional products, discover all the information of this month.

Northern vegetables

The carrot season is over. Generally speaking, carrot yields were higher than forecast this summer and autumn. Between 75% and 80% of the expected volume of carrots was processed. On the other hand, round carrots were more difficult to process, with 60% of the expected volume processed. It is estimated that 10% of plots were not harvested and will be destroyed in the coming weeks or redirected to animal feed.

vegetable harvest parsnip

The parsnip harvest began in February, but was delayed by rain and flooded plots. Parsnips are a robust vegetable, limiting the impact of late harvesting. It’s still too early to take a position, but we’ll know more in mid-April.

Spinach and pea sowing began ten days ago. They are behind schedule due to recent rainfall.

Negotiations for new crop contracts for leeks, spinach, carrots, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts have been completed. Labor-intensive crops (zucchinis, leeks, cauliflower) are difficult to finalize. As a general rule, a price increase is applied to cultivation contracts. On a positive note: the expected area for carrots is on schedule.

We’ll have news of the spring leek and winter spinach harvests in mid-April.

Southern vegetables

To date, the sweet potato harvest is going well.

As for broccoli and cauliflower, Spain has just completed its campaign. Expected volumes are on target.

The pea and broad bean campaign is due to start in May. We’ll keep you informed.


The Longal chestnut, harvested in Portugal, has been affected by a fungus causing peeling losses of 25 to 30%. Contact us to reserve your volumes.

In Spain, citrus campaigns are underway. Quantities for oranges are not as excepted, but for lemons, they are on target.

The pineapple season is underway, with peak production expected between April and June. Several origins are possible: South America or Vietnam. To date, no particular difficulties have been announced.

For mangoes, an increase in demand has been noted following a poor harvest in Peru last November, resulting in a volume shift to Vietnam. Although our volumes are satisfactory, prices remain high due to transport problems at the Suez Canal.

The raspberry season is coming to an end. Stocks are running low, and it is becoming difficult to find whole raspberries. The new raspberry harvest is not expected before July.

Exceptional products

For melanosporum truffles, the 2023/2024 campaign is about 20% lower in volume than N-1, a consequence of high temperatures and water deficit.

The wild asparagus (ornithogales) will start in 1 to 2 weeks.