- François-Xavier Branthôme
- 2019 Season
For the seventh week of harvest (ending August 17th) PTAB estimates are 1,022,773 short tons (sT) (927,757 metric tonnes (mT)) to be delivered. This amount is still 28% lower than the average quantity processed during past three seasons at this time (5.536 million sT), but this is the first week that over 1,000,000 sT (907,000 mT) have been harvested during this season. It brings the provisional total up to 3,975,287 sT (or 3,605,983 mT).
Another 1,061,972 sT (963,315 mT) are estimated to be harvested during the week 34 (ending August 24th). If this holds, the provisional total is expected to reach 5,037,529 sT, (or 4,569,543 mT) and the 2019 crop will continue to be the fewest since 2001 for the same time period.
The 2019 California Organic processing tomato deliveries have dropped with 11,423 sT (10,362 mT) harvested for week ending August 10, 2019. This bring the total harvested up to 219,592 sT (199,192 mT). As shown in the chart below, the year to date organic harvest is the lowest since 2013.
According to the figures available, the current harvest path is 1.559 million sT (1.414 million mT) behind the average of the quantities harvested at the same date (end of week 34) in the past three years. Quantities being harvested represent almost 42% of the official target of the season (12.1 million sT, or 10.976 million mT). However, the latest estimate of WPTC for the California crop is 11.5 million sT (10.432 million mT); USDA will release a revised estimate at the end of August which will give a better idea on the 2019 crop.