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- Press release
, François-Xavier Branthôme
- 2018 Season
Released: January 26, 2018
Tomato processors expect to contract 12.0 million tons in 2018
The USDA-NASS Pacific Regional Office surveyed California’s tomato processors for their intended contract acreage and tonnage for the upcoming 2018 season. The data reported by processors was either tonnage with derived acreage, or acreage with derived tonnage.
As of January, California’s tomato processors reported they have, or will have, contracts for 12.0 million short tons (sT) (10.886 million metric tonnes) in 2018, which is an increase of 4.3 % from what was reported under contract in the August 2017 California processing Tomato Report.
Processors estimate that the contracted production for 2018 will come from 240,000 acres (97,000 hectares), producing an average yield of 50.0 short tons per acre (112 metric tonnes per hectare). The contracted planted acreage forecast is a 3.0 percent increase from the record-low acreage reported under contract in the August 2017 California Processing Tomato Report.
This early processing tomato estimate is funded by the California League of Food Processors, in cooperation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Sources: USDA NASS