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WPTC Crop update as of 16 August 2019

20/08/2019 - WPTC - 2019 Season

AMITOM members in the EU
In France, there is nothing special since the last report. All the factories are now open, and the intake is normal. There is no climate impact on the harvest sites. The yield is good as is the quality and the Brix is around 5. At the end of last week, we estimate that nearly 20,000 tonnes of fresh tomatoes have been processed, or 12-13% of the total.
In Greece, the crop is progressing well and yields and quality are good, with average brix of 4.9 to 5. As of 10 August, 100,000 tonnes or 25% of the forecast had been processed. The small recent heatwave is not affecting crop as the temperatures of up to 40°C are only lasting for a few hours. So far, the expectations are for a reasonably good year.
In Hungary, the season still has not started due to some heavy rains in the region. Start is expected on 15th or 16th of August. Due to the late start, the season is expected to last till September and even the first days of October. Quantity expectations remain around 90,000 to 95,000 tonnes.
In the North of Italy, it is estimated that 600,000 to 650,000 tonnes have been processed to date. Since the beginning of the week there has been a drop in supply to the factories so they have slowed down (some will close tomorrow 15 August) as there is a gap as expected between early and mid-crop which should last until the end of next week. Field yields are below expectations, but average brix is 4.85 and quality is good. 
In the Centre & South of Italy, there is a big delay with only 13% of the forecast realised to date (26% at the same date last year). Quality is good but there are many greens and field yield so far is below usual. It is expected that yield of late crop could be very good, and September should be a good month if the weather remains good. Overall, the forecast for Italy remains 4.85 million tonnes. 
In Portugal, the crop since the harvest started at the beginning of last week has been quite good both in terms of colour and brix. The weather is getting warmer now. The last factory only opened this week and it is still very early to have a full picture and adjust the forecast. 
In Spain, the campaign in Andalucía, is going well with about 65% of the forecast already delivered and good quality and yields. Factories will start closing on the first week of September.
In Extremadura, after a slow start, yields are now pretty good yields and the factories are suffering some pressure of tomatoes from the fields which should last for at least 7-10 days. About 25% of the forecast has already been delivered. The quality is good.
In the North, a few factories have started very slowly with early varieties, but most of the factories will start next week and will not work at full capacity until at least a week later. It is too early to say but it seems likely that the heat might have had some negative impact in the yields in some fields.
The forecast remains 3 million tonnes.

Other AMITOM members
In Egypt, the crop is doing very well as all summer loops are doing very well, and weather is very good with no heat waves or rains. The forecast is 370,000 – 400,000 tonnes.
In Tunisia, the tomato processing forecast is revised to 800,000 tonnes against 830,000 tonnes presented at the last meeting. Tomato paste production forecast is 120,000 tonnes, and canned production is 22,000 tonnes. Until August 9, 650,000 tonnes were transformed. Only 16 plants out of a total of 26 continue the processing with a daily intake of about 8,000 tonnes of fresh tomatoes. The progress of the harvest is estimated at 85%, factories are currently sourcing from the region of Jendouba (North West) and Gafsa. On the occasion of the Eid Festival (August 11th), the harvesting and processing activity were interrupted for 3 to 4 days from August 10th.
In Turkey, there is no change since last report. It is Eid holiday in Turkey this week.
In Ukraine, heavy rains at the beginning of August caused additional delay with the beginning of the season so the harvest started slowly on 7 August on wet soil and with many green tomatoes. Early varieties field yield is 70 t/ha and brix is 4.6 which is close to early season historical average. In general quality is good. Most processors are now running and some are already at full capacity. It is estimated that 7 to 10% of the program has been processed. There is no change in the total forecast of 850,000 tonnes. 

Other WPTC members
In California, the estimate is to process 991,116 tons (899,125 metric tonnes) for this week. At the end of this week (August 17th) the industry will have processed 3,954,101 tons (3,587,008 metric tonnes) this will put us approximately 1.3 million tons (1.18 million metric tonnes) behind last year’s pace. We are anticipating that next week will be our first week of deliveries over 1 million tons as the Northern part of the state will be in full swing. Not much else has changed from last report. Southern yields continue to be 5-10% off of contracted levels overall. So far deliveries from the North are slightly below contract at this time. To date solids and quality are performing close to historical averages for this time of year. We will continue to monitor deliveries and make a tonnage adjustment in the next report if conditions dictate it. At this time the estimate should remain at 11,500,000 tons (10,430,000 metric tonnes).
In Ontario, the wet weather in late spring/early summer has delayed the tomato pack by approximately 5-7 days. Processors will be opening up their factories and starting their pack during the week of August 19th to 25th. In some areas, the early crop was slightly affected by bacterial disease however the mid-late crop quality is reported as good with processors expecting to achieve budget yields and contracted tonnage at this time.
In China, it was hot last week, but become cooler weather this week. All the factories have started, and the production goes well at present. The forecast remains unchanged.
In Japan, the weather was rainy and very cold until end of July and now back to usual levels.
The lack of sunlight and low temperature cause lack of lycopene and brix. The estimate remains 30,000 tonnes from a surface of 430 hectares. Other countries
The USA Midwest is slated to start on August 17th and production will increase quickly into the next week. Weather has been beneficial in the last couple weeks trending a little dry, but some beneficial rains combined with irrigation have the crop in pretty good shape going forward.


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