Growers move more tomato acreage into shade houses

08/19/2011 12:27:00 PM
Dan Gailbraith

Not every company with a deal in Baja California is on the shade house bandwagon.

Expo Fresh LLC has grown some tomatoes in greenhouses and plans to plant 50 hectares in shade houses toward the end of the current season, said sales manager Bob Schachtel.

However, Schachtel said shade houses have drawbacks.

“I have a definite problem (with shade houses), especially if it rains,” he said. “It’s a real mess.”

Most of the firm’s tomatoes still are field grown.  Schachtel said the company may plant more under shade houses, but only “if they work.”

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