More than 87% of the season to be achieved
PTAB estimates that 999,900 short tons (sT) (907,009 metric tonnes (mT)) were delivered during the twelfth week of harvest (ending September 21st). Provisional total (9,118,298 sT, or 8,271,208 mT) is still 15% lower than the average quantity processed during past three seasons at this time (10,490 million sT).
Another 916,425 sT (831,289 mT) are estimated to be delivered the week 39 (ending September 28th). If this holds, the provisional total is expected to reach 10,034,723 sT, (or 9,102,497 mT). Last year, 94.7% of the crop was harvested for the same time period.
The 2019 California Organic processing tomato deliveries has increased slightly again with 20,394 sT (18,499 mT) harvested for week ending September 14, 2019. This brings the total harvested up to 344,560 sT (312,550 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 1.188 million sT (1.077 million mT) behind the average of the quantities harvested at the same date (end of week 39) in the past three years. Quantities being harvested represent more than 87% of the revised official target of the season (11.5 million sT or 10.432 million mT); however, significant adjustments regarding California production have been made in the latest WPTC forecast, which reduce the expected quantities to 11 million sT (about 10 million mT). Initial objective for California crop was (12.1 million sT, or 10.976 million mT).