The USDA-NASS California Field Office surveyed the State’s tomato processors for their intended contract acreage and tonnage for the upcoming 2014 season.
The data reported by processors was either tonnage with derived acreage, or acreage with derived tonnage.
California’s tomato processors reported they have, or will have, contracts for 13.5 million tons this year, as of January. If realized this will be largest crop on record.
Processors estimate that the contracted production for 2014 will come from 290,000 acres producing an average yield of 46. 55 tons per acre. The contracted planted acreage forecast is a 12 percent increase from what was reported under contract in the August 2013 California Processing Tomato Report.
This early processing tomato estimate is funded by the California League of Food Processors, in cooperation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture.