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Processing tomato harvest
Processing tomato harvest in California.

UC’s latest grower cost estimates for processing tomatoes

Tomato growers can download the production estimates for free at

The latest estimates on the costs and returns of growing transplanted processing tomatoes utilizing subsurface drip irrigation in the Sacramento Valley and the northern Delta region are now available from the University of California’s (UC) Agricultural Issues Center (AIC).

Tomato growers can download the production estimates for free at

The analysis is based on a 3,500-acre hypothetical farming operation in San Joaquin County and the lower Sacramento Valley using agricultural practices common to the region, including 60-inch production beds.

Growers, UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) farm advisors, and others provided input and reviewed the study’s methods and findings; noting the costs, materials, and practices in the study will not apply to every farm.

Production areas addressed in the study include current costs for production, material inputs, plus cash and non-cash overhead. Analyses show profits over a range of prices and yields, plus monthly cash costs, costs and returns per acre, business and investment overhead costs, hourly equipment costs, and whole farm annual equipment costs.

The study is titled “Sample Costs to Produce Processing Tomatoes, Sub-Surface Drip Irrigated (SDI) in the Sacramento Valley & Northern Delta – 2017.”

For more information, contact the AIC's Donald Stewart at (530) 752-4651, or, UCCE San Joaquin County farm advisor Brenna Aegerter at, or northern California UCCE farm advisor Gene Miyao at

The cost and returns program is funded by the AIC. Other crop cost studies are also available on the website.

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