​​​​​Processing Tomato Production: Seed Sector and Propagation in California​

March 2016 | 14 min., 28 sec.
by Gene Miyao
University of California Cooperative Extension

Summary

More than 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.

About the Presenter

Gene Miyao​​​​Gene Miyao is a Farm Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension. He advises growers on vegetable crops production in Yolo, Solano, and Sacramento Counties. His main area of specialization is processing tomato production management. Mr. Miyao received his BS in Agricultural Science and Management from the University of California, Davis in 1971, and his MS in Agricultural Economics from UC Davis in 1973.

Contact Information:
Email: emmiyao@ucdavis.edu

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