September 06, 2017
Tomato prices will rise over the next two weeks due to challenging growing conditions in California and Mexico, combined with uncertainty over Hurricane Irma’s impact in Florida.
- Excessive temperatures in California’s San Joaquin Valley over the past week have limited the production of field-grown tomatoes
- Rainfall and overcast skies along the Baja, Mexico peninsula as well as the Northeastern mainland have slowed harvests, and decreased crossings into the US
- Hurricane Irma is forecast to reach Florida by early Sunday
- Plantings are underway in the southern growing region of Immokalee
- Fields located in Central and Northern Florida, as well as Georgia are further along in maturity, and would see the greatest impact if the hurricane tracks as currently forecast