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Tomato Magazine focuses on the fresh market industry, where
California and Florida tomato growers dominate. Of the 127,870 acres of
fresh tomatoes harvested in the U.S. in 2001, 83,900, or 66 percent, were
grown in the two states. Other major production states include Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, New York, Georgia, Michigan,
Maryland and Indiana.
ranges from best management practices for insect, disease and weed control
to new and improved varieties coming on the market. Experts from the California
and Florida Tomato Commissions also keep readers up-to-date on the latest
developments in fresh market tomato trade.
Since a heavy percentage of tomato producers also grow peppers, editorial content has been expanded to include pepper production information. The major focus will remain on fresh tomato production. There are a wide range of peppers grown in the U.S. today, although bell peppers clearly dominate in terms of acreage. Over the past few years, U.S. peppers growers have been planting just under 60,000 acres. They come in a range of colors, the most common green, red, yellow and orange.