FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Despite drought and water shortages across the San Joaquin Valley, the state's tomato crop will be bigger this year than last.

According to a report released Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers will harvest 13.5 million tons of tomatoes used for processed foods, up 15 percent over 2008. The yield should average 43.97 tons per acre, 4 percent better than last year.

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