Spencer said West Coast added a small amount of acres.
DiMare said last season was disappointing, perhaps the worst season he’s experienced in his 30 years in the business.
He said winter prices were disastrous as central and south Florida produced good-quality, bumper crops.
“Prices were such you couldn’t pick a lot of tomatoes,” DiMare said. “You couldn’t get a lot of money for them.”
For cherry tomatoes, the USDA on Oct. 16 reported flats of 12 1-pint baskets from Mexico crossing into Southern California selling for $10.95-12.95.
Last year in central Florida, the USDA reported $13.95 for flats of 12 1-pint baskets.
On grape tomatoes, the USDA reported $6.95-9 for flats of 12 1-pint baskets medium-large and $12.95-16 for 20-pound cartons of loose, medium large from Southern California coast and Mexican crossings at Otay Mesa.
That’s lower than the $13.95 the USDA reported for flats of 12 1-pint baskets and $25.95 for 20-pound cartons of loose, medium large from the Eastern Shore of Virginia in mid-October
Last year in mid-November, central Florida grape tomatoes marketed for $12.95-13.95 for flats of 12 1-pint containers and $23.95-25.95 for 20-pound cartons of loose.
Romas from Southern California coast and Mexican crossings at Otay Mesa in late October sold for $8.95-11 for 25-pound cartons of loose extra large with $7.95-9 for large and $6.95-8.95 for small.
Central Florida romas last season in mid-November saw 25-pound cartons of extra large selling for $13.95-14.95, $12.95-13.95 for large, $12.95 for medium and smalls selling for $11.95, according to the USDA.
Wm. P. Hearne Produce Co. LLC, Wimauma, planned to begin harvesting its grapes and cherries in early November.
“They look really good and are really healthy,” Jeff Williams, president, said in mid-October.