Although California wheat acreage dropped significantly in 2014, farmers may be planting more of it this fall and winter, thanks in part to a record tomato crop.
Much of the state’s wheat is planted in rotation, typically following tomatoes, said Janice Cooper, executive director of the California Wheat Commission. That the tomato crop was so big this year may indicate that more wheat is being planted, if those tomato acres are rolled into wheat, she added.
“(Wheat) is a very good crop to follow tomatoes, so that provides some hope. I would say that we can be very cautiously optimistic at this point,” Cooper said.