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Posted on 14 February 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Drought May Limit Tomato Crops in California

tomato_droughtBy Vanessa Richins

Despite the fact that much of California is a desert, it is one of the leading sources of produce for the United States.

Especially important is the San Joaquin Valley, an area south of Sacramento.

There they grow tomatoes, as well as other important crops such as wine grapes, nuts and citrus.

As California enters its third year of drought, tomato crops may be affected. “The water outlook for this year is very dismal, in fact we don’t think we’ll be able to deliver any type of surface water to our growers at all this year, so we told them they would need to be planning a zero allocation,” said Sarah Woolf with the Westlands Water District. Many farmers will be left with only well water for their crops.

Valley tomato farmers must now decide if Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 26 September 2008 by tomatocasual.com

11,000 Pounds of Tomatoes, or 11,000 Tomatoes?

By Vanessa Richins

The United Press International recently ran a story about a couple in Southern California who are very avid tomato growers.

They reported that Bill Anderson and his wife, Christine Griego had grown over 11,000 pounds of tomatoes in the past year, and was aiming to grow 15,000 pounds this year.

They were able to do all of this on a plot of land that is smaller than a quarter acre. The yard is almost exclusively tomato plants, with a few rose bushes and some trees thrown in.

Bill keeps very exacting Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 06 March 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus Hopefully Not Spreading North

How to Protect Your Tomato Blooms from Blossom Drop - TomatoCasual.comBy Michelle Fabio

California tomato growers have long had to deal with Tomato Spot Wilted Virus (TSWV), but a new potential threat has been uncovered in the Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV) coming up from Mexico, according to Bob Gilbertson, a University of California, Davis plant pathologist at the annual meeting of the California Tomato Growers Association’s (CTGA).

Both viruses are spread through insects and can greatly diminish yield and quality of tomato production.

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Posted on 19 January 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Cost of Processing Tomatoes Rises in California

Is the Heirloom Tomato You Bought Organic? - TomatoCasual.comBy Michelle Fabio

Even though farmers are coming off the best year ever for tomato harvests in California, look for reduced numbers this year as lack of water and higher prices of other crops will likely force growers to cut back on tomatoes.

Because of drought restrictions, water delivery may be cut back by as much as 33 percent this coming season, which makes growing tomatoes less attractive than other crops that require less irrigation.

Moreover, since there is an ever-increasing demand for grains, especially corn for the production of ethanol, many farmers are weighing the pros and cons of growing tomatoes at all. Read the rest of this entry »

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