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California 2024 processing intentions

25/01/2024 - Press release , François-Xavier Branthôme - 2024 Season
According to the USDA/NASS report released on 24 January (attached), as of January, California’s tomato processors reported they have, or will have, contracts for 11.6 million short tons (10.5 million metric tonnes) in 2024, which is a decrease of 10% compared to 12.9 million contracted short tons (11.7 million metric tonnes) forecast in the August 2023 California Processing Tomato Report. Processors estimate that the contracted production for 2024 will come from 232,000 acres (93,900 hectares), generating an average yield of 50.0 tons per acre (112.2 metric tonnes per hectare). This year’s contracted planted acreage forecast is 9% below the 2023 estimate of 255,000 planted acres (103,200 hectares) under contract in the August forecast.

The USDA-NASS Pacific Regional Office surveyed California’s tomato processors for their intended contract acreage and tonnage for the upcoming 2024 season. The data reported by processors was either tonnage with derived acreage, or acreage with derived tonnage.

Sources: NASS USDA
20240124 California January 2024 intentions
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