- François-Xavier Branthôme
- 2017 production
On 30 Agust, the USDA has released a revised estimate on the 2017 California Processing Tomato harvest. The new forecast is at 11,500,000 short tons (10.4 million mT), averaging 51.1 short tons (sT) per acre (114 mT/ha). If achieved, this will be the highest field yield ever recorded. The projected harvested acreage of tomatoes is 225,000 acres (91,000 ha), the lowest acreage since 1987.
Week ending August 26th brought in 961,254 sT (872,000 mT) and for the week ending September 2nd, the state estimate is 911,000 sT (826,400 mT). By September 9th, if the projection of 931,000 sT (844,500 mT) holds true, California processors will have harvested 7.758 million sT (7.04 million mT), about 67% of the 11,500,000 sT (10.4 million mT) estimated for the 2017 pack year.
Of the 961,254 sT harvested during week ending August 26th, 23,228 sT (21,070 mT) were Organic, for a total organic harvested of 345,108 sT (313,047 mT) in 2017.