Many growers forced to play catch-up with late planting have been relying more on transplants to close the delayed harvest window and fill in production gaps, sources said.

Miyao said statewide the industry estimates 70 percent of the state’s processing tomato acreage has been planted with transplants.

Carrasco said many leaf and head lettuce growers in the Salinas Valley area planted from transplants in an effort to fill in gaps in production. Broccoli and cauliflower transplants are also helping make up for earlier losses in production, he added.