Contracted production for California processing tomatoes is forecast at 12.9 million tons, averaging 50.0 tons per acre. The current forecast is 8.03 percent above the 2011 crop. Winter months were very dry causing water concerns to California processing tomato growers. Spring proved to be wet as rains improved the water situation short term.
Plantings where delayed as far as two weeks for some growers in Yolo County due to spring rains. Growers were applying fungicides to minimize bacterial spec damages. By August, harvest was well underway. The industry is paying close attention to the maturity of the crop to avoid delays at processing plants and gaps in production.