- Press release
, François-Xavier Branthôme
- 2018 Season
2018 California Processing Tomato Report
As of May 15, California’s tomato processors reported they have or will have contracts for 11.9 million short tons (10,795,501 metric tonnes) of processing tomatoes for 2018, according to a report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This production is a 0.8% decrease from the January intentions forecast and 14.3% above the final 2017 contracted production total. The May contracted acreage of 238,000 (112,081 hectares) is 0.8% below the January intentions forecast and 3.9% above last year’s final contracted acreage.
Fresno County remains the top California County in contracted planted acreage for 2018 with 75,200 acres (30,432 ha (almost half of the areas planted in Italy)). Yolo, Kings, Merced, and San Joaquin make up the remaining top five counties, accounting for 76% of the 2018 total contracted planted acreage for California.
Winter was mostly dry, but spring rains eased concerns about water availability. Unfortunately, inconvenient timing of the late season rain caused some delays in planting. Early reports on the crop were optimistic, with mild temperatures encouraging strong growth and low pest and disease pressure. Growers and processors hope a cooler summer than the last will boost yields. Harvest is expected to begin mid-July.
Source : USDA NASS