As of May 15, California’s tomato processors reported they have or will have contracts for 11.9 million tons of processing tomatoes for 2018. This production is a 14.3 percent above the final 2017 contracted production total. The May contracted acreage of 238,000 is 3.9 percent above last year’s final contracted acreage.
Early reports on the crop were optimistic, with mild temperatures encouraging strong growth and low pest and disease pressure. Growers and processors hope a cooler summer than the last will boost yields. Harvest is expected to begin mid-July.
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