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Tomatoes

Florida Agricultural Facts, 1998 Edition



Tomato Production and Value

Crop Year

Harvested Acres

Yield (carton)

Production (carton)

Value (carton)

Crop Value

1996-97

1995-96

1994-95

1993-94

1992-93

37,300

45,500

**49,000

50,600

48,400

1,468

1,250

1,330

1,294

1,483

54,750,000

56,866,000

65,183,000

65,483,000

71,767,000

$8.45

$7.82

$7.25

$7.14

$8.70

$462,526,000

$444,470,000

$472,782,000

$467,541,000

$624,235,000

1991-92

1990-91

1989-90*

1988-89

1987-88

52,000

50,400

51,600

60,700

56,800

1,591

1,278

1,169

1,207

1,344

82,736,000

64,430,000

60,336,000

73,288,000

76,333,000

$8.81

$9.40

$7.29

$9.37

$7.00

$728,594,000

$605,507,000

$439,686,000

$686,884,000

$534,321,000

1979-80

1969-70

1959-60

42,200

31,200

28,800

1,113

543

599

47,812,000

16,836,000

17,264,000

$5.23

$3.00

$2.20

$244,240,000

$50,856,000

$34,528,000

* Freeze Year
** Acres picked at least once



Leading Tomato-Producing Counties --- 1996-97

County

Harvested Acres

Yield (carton)

Production (carton)

Estimated Value

Manatee

Collier

Hillsborough Dade

Hendry

8,900

8,500

3,200

3,300

3,300

1,785

1,155

1,785

1,445

1,155

15,887,000

9,818,000

5,712,000

4,768,000

3,812,000

$134,241,000

$82,958,000

$48,266,000

$40,294,000

$32,207,000

Palm Beach

Gadsden

Lee

Martin

St. Lucie

2,000

2,200

2,000

900

800

1,848

1,177

1,155

1,848

1,848

3,696,000

2,589,000

2,310,000

1,663,000

1,478,000

$31,231,000

$21,880,000

$19,520,000

$14,054,000

$12,492,000

Carton = 25 pounds
Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service



Tomato Facts
  • Tomatoes are native to the Americas, probably originating in the Andes mountain region of South America. The earliest written record of the tomato dates back to 1554.
  • Florida farmers grow pratically 100 percent of the U.S. field-produced fresh tomatoes in the months of January, February, and March.


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