- François-Xavier Branthôme
- 2020 Season
For the eleventh week of harvest (ending September 12) PTAB estimates that 954,012 short tons (sT) (865,384 metric tonnes (mT)) were delivered. Provisional total (8,049,776 sT or 7,031,952 mT) is 8.5% lower than the average quantity processed during past three seasons at this time (8.79 million sT or 7.98 million mT).
For week 12 (ending September 19), projection for California harvest is slightly higher with an estimate of 970,204 short tons (880,072 mT). If achieved, this would bring the provisional total up to 9,019,980 sT, or 8,182,024 mT).
According to the PTAB, solids as of September 12 were about 0.12 higher than in the same period in 2019, averaging 5.30 versus 5.18 last year.
The 2020 California Organic processing tomato deliveries for the week ending 5 September were 27,522 sT (24,965 mT) bringing the provisional total to 468,131 sT (or 424,642 mT). Processed quantities in week 9 make it the third largest week in the history of organic processing tomato in California at this date. At this time, organic quantities account for more than 7% of total harvested quantity.
According to the figures available, the current harvest path is 747,906 sT (678,425 mT) behind the average of the quantities harvested at the same date (end of week 11) in the past three years.
According to the 2020 California Processing Tomato Report released on 27 August by NASS, contracted production for California processing tomatoes was revised downward and is now forecast at 11.4 million short tons (10,34 million metric tonnes),
Taking this change into consideration, quantities being harvested will bring the provisional processed total to more than 79% of the official target of the season (11.4 million sT, or 10.34 million mT).