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Processing Tomato Production: Seed Sector and Propagation in California

March 2016

By Gene Miyao
University of California
Cooperative Ext. Farm Advisor
Yolo-Solano-Sacramento Counties

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Summary: Over 100 processing tomato varieties are commonly grown in California each year on about 275,000 acres. Currently, nearly all the varieties are hybrids. The planting method has switched from direct field seeding to use of greenhouse-grown transplants, with some exceptions, based on seed cost and ease of field propagation. This presentation will provide an overview of changes and some reasons for the switch in planting method including some economics.

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