The tomato harvest season in California is being negatively impacted by drought conditions, supply chain problems and inflation.
California’s farmers produce nearly all of the country’s processing tomatoes, but this year is shaping up to be another bad tomato season. This implies that shops throughout the state may soon experience tomato shortages.
The California Tomato Growers Association believes that a tomato shortage is on the way because of drought, inflation, and shipping problems.
Droughts, like this one, occur every year. In recent years, it’s been particularly dry. The region has received unseasonably high temperatures in recent weeks. Some tomato processing operations lost nearly half of their crops area due to drought and a lack of rainfall over the last several years. More than 40% of California has been classified as being in an extreme drought, while more than 15% of his harvest land was fallowed due to drought and a lack of rain.
This crop isn’t just the farmer’s, it’s everybody’s. The sauce on your pizza, ketchup, salsa – all of that comes from here. So this issue isn’t contained to farmers – it concerns everyone.
Farming is always a high-risk business in which you must rely on the weather to provide your income at the end of the year.
Over the past few years, less processed tomatoes have been planted and harvested as a result of prolonged drought. Last year’s crop was 10.775 million tons, down from the peak harvest in 2015 when nearly 14.3 million tons were harvested according to the USDA.
If you’re eating a tomato-based product that’s been preserved, like pizza sauce, salsa, or any of your pasta sauces, it was probably grown in a field in California. The bulk of them come from here. This is the area where the majority of tomatoes are grown. Because California isn’t going to produce as many tomatoes as we desire this year, there will be shortages on those products.
Farm incomes have been hit by inflation, which has made it more difficult to cultivate. Farmers are paying almost 20% more on average to grow these tomatoes as a result of inflation. Over the last year, nearly everything employed in production has risen in price considerably.
Given that people were consuming more tomato-based products, like ketchup and sauces, during the pandemic, the stockpile became depleted. I believe that even on a global scale, processed tomato product consumption will be limited to what can be produced globally.
And so, with California not being able to produce as much as it has in the past, we may see a ketchup or sauce shortage.
The bottom line is that we’re all going to have to pay more for our processed tomato products, and there may even be shortages of these items. So enjoy them while you can!