Transplanting continues apace, with 55% of our contracted area planted by last Sunday. The rains have meant that the planting will be spread out over a longer period, and should give a better and more even delivery of tomatoes during the crop.
As of today there are no important changes forecast for the crop size, with the early crop being harvested in the 3rd week of July in the Aegean area, and the Northern area starting in the last week of July, but only reaching a peak in mid-August, as normal, and certainly an improvement on the cold and rain delayed 2011 crop.
We will be putting photographs regularly on our web site showing different fields (early, mid and late varieties) throughout the season instead of the old web cam and this will be our new "tomcam". From here you will be able to monitor the state of the fields in real time. You can also follow us on Facebook, and we encourage you to visit us at http://www.facebook.com/MerkoZiraat (this is mainly in Turkish and concentrates on agriculture) and at http://www.facebook.com/merkotomatopaste . For those of you who are really tech savvy, follow us on https://twitter.com/#!/merkogida. In all media we will keep you updated on our activities including sustainable agriculture as well as crop progress.
For those of you who will be in Beijing in a couple of weeks, I look forward to seeing you there.