California's tomato production down 3% year-over-year to 11.9 million tons in 2011, USDA says; fresh market, dual utilization vegetable production down 1% to 10.9 million tons

WASHINGTON , February 2, 2012 (press release) – 2011 VEGETABLE CROP SUMMARY

California fresh market and dual utilization vegetable crop production (excluding mushrooms) was 10.9 million tons, down 1 percent from the previous year. California continues to be the leading fresh market State, accounting for 44 percent of the harvested area, 50 percent of production, and 50 percent of the value for the United States.

Crops that had value increases were: artichokes, fresh carrots, cauliflower, celery, sweet corn, cucumbers, garlic, head lettuce, romaine lettuce, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, bell peppers, chili peppers, and tomatoes.

Crops showing a decrease in value were: asparagus, snap beans, broccoli, cabbage, leaf lettuce, spring onions, summer storage onions, summer non-storage onions, pumpkins, fresh spinach, processing spinach, and squash. The value of processing carrots was not published to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

CALIFORNIA PROCESSING TOMATOES

California=s processing tomato production in 2011 was 11.9 million pay tons, 3 percent below the 2010 production. Harvested acreage was 250 thousand acres, 7 percent below a year earlier. The yield was 47.76 tons per acre, up 5 percent from 2010.

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