Red processing tomatoes

Processing tomato contracts pegged at 13.2 million tons

Estimate projects 271,000 acres of processing tomatoes in California and 48.7 ton per acre yields.

As of January, California tomato processors report intentions to sign planting contracts for 13.2 million tons of production in 2016, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

To reach this tonnage, processors estimate contracted production on about 271,000 acres with an average yield of 48.7 tons per acre.

This is an 8 percent decrease from the August 2015 California Processing Tomato Report.

The early processing tomato estimate is funded by the California League of Food Processors in cooperation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

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