- Press release
, François-Xavier Branthôme
- 2018 Season
According to PTAB estimates for week seven (ending August 25th), 1,156,894 short tons (sT) (1,049,419 metric tonnes (mT)) were delivered to Californian plants. Another 1,150,225 sT (1,043,369 mT) are estimated to be delivered the week ending September 1st. If achieved, it would make six weeks of over 1,000,000 tons harvested (only two weeks of 1,000,000 plus tons harvested in 2017), and would bring the harvested total quantity up to 7,582,102 sT (6,877,725 mT) for 2018 season.
According to the latest Processing Tomato Report released by USDA on 28 August 2018, contracted production for California processing tomatoes is forecasted at 11.8 million short tons (10.704 million mT), averaging 50.4 sT per acre (113 mT/hectare). The current forecasted production is 13.4% above the 2017 crop, and 0.8% below the May forecast. The projected harvested acreage of tomatoes grown under contract is 234,000 acres (94 696 ha), an increase of 5.9% compared to 2017.
High summer temperatures resulted in the crop developing sooner than planned in some areas of the state. Harvest began in early July, with a slightly slower start than in 2017, but caught up by the third week. Yields were reported to be good and above contracted levels.
With a larger crop, sugars are expected to be lower compared to last season. Water availability has not been an issue and there were minimal concerns about disease and pest pressure reported.
Source : PTAB, CLFP