ConservasJun. 8, 2012
Tomates/EE.UU: procesadores de California reportaron contratos por 12,9 millones de toneladas en 2012
Sacramento, Calif., (May 31, 2012) – As of May 24, California’s tomato processors reported they have or will have contracts for 12.9 million tons of processing tomatoes for 2012. This production is an 8.4 percent increase from the final contracted production total from last year.
The May contracted acreage of 260,000 is six thousand below the January intentions forecast, but six thousand acres above last year’s level of 254,000 acres.
Fresno County remains the top California county in contracted planted acreage for 2012 with 97,000 acres. Yolo, San Joaquin, Kern, and Kings County make up the remaining top five counties for contracted planted acreage, respectively. These counties make up 76 percent of the 2012 total contracted planted acreage for California.
Cool temperatures and late rains slowed development, subsequently causing planting delays. Tomato beds were formed and received pre-plant herbicides in February. Processing tomato transplants were planted in early spring as allowed by weather and soil conditions.
This early processing tomato estimate is funded by the California League of Food Processors, in cooperation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The USDA estimate for all states will be issued on September 6.