Labor Requirement and Costs for Harvesting Tomatoes
harvested tomatoes arranged in crates
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Guan, Zhengfei, Feng Wu, and Steven A. Sargent. 2018. “Labor Requirement and Costs for Harvesting Tomatoes: FE1026, 12/2017”. EDIS 2018 (2). Gainesville, FL.


Florida accounts for 30% to 40% of all commercially produced fresh-market tomatoes in the United States. Almost every southern county in the state grows tomatoes. This 4-page fact sheet written by Zhengfei Guan, Feng Wu, and Steven Sargent and published by the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department presents the results of a 2015 study that examined the time it takes to harvest this important crop.
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