FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) — The drought is having a major impact on the Central Valley tomato crop.
According to Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO, Ryan Jacobsen the tomato crop is less than expected because of the drought, at 6.9% below forecasts.
“We are tomato central. When it comes to processing tomatoes, anything that ends up in a ketchup jar, container, or can most likely comes from the San Joaquin Valley. 95% of the nation’s processing tomatoes are grown right here.”
Jacobsen says because of a lack of water, farmers are forced to make the tough decision to plant fewer crops, meaning there is less acreage than originally projected.