Sacramento, Calif., (September 6, 2017) – Contracted production for California processing tomatoes is forecast at 11.5 million tons, averaging 50.0 tons per acre. The current forecasted production is 8 percent below the 2016 crop, and 2.5 percent below the May forecast.
Spring rains brought relief from the drought but delayed planting. Harvest began in early July in the southern growing areas, which is about two weeks later than in 2016. The 2017 crop has experienced lower disease and pest pressures compared to last year. The overall crop has developed well so far with the early harvest reported to be of good quality. Potential concerns reported by the tomato growers
were the delayed harvest and stress from triple digit heat waves. The projected harvested acreage of tomatoes is 230,000 acres, a decrease of 10 percent from 2016 and the lowest acreage since 1988.
The shipping reports published by the Processing Tomato Advisory Board showed that shipments through August 19, 2017 were running 22 percent below those of 2016.
This processing tomato estimate is funded by the California League of Food Processors, in cooperation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
To view the report go to: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/California/Publications/Vegetables/Processing_Tomato/2017/201708ptom.pdf