Food processors want to buy more tomatoes this year to make into salsa, ketchup and other products, but water supplies and weather could cause the crop to fall short of the record 14 million tons requested.

Overall acreage is up, but some tomato farmers have already reported water shortages and production problems that could reduce yields. Some acreage for processing tomatoes has shifted from key regions such as Fresno County to areas with more water.

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