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Let’s Talk Tomatoes

Tomatoes are abundant this time of year and you have many options to buy local and fresh. Tomatoes are one of the most popular home garden vegetable to grow and should now be providing the home gardener with fresh ripe bounty from now until summers end. Our local farmer’s markets are also selling tomatoes home …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/05/lets-talk-tomatoes/

Leaf Mold Infecting High Tunnel Tomatoes

High tunnels have gained popularity in Florida over the past 10 years.  The USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service EQIP program and others like it have increased high tunnel acreage in Florida from none being reported in 2001, to 186 acres in 2013 according to a UF/IFAS statewide survey. Although the use of this version of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/09/leaf-mold-infecting-high-tunnel-tomatoes/

Conditions are Favorable for Bacterial Spot in Fall Tomatoes

Typical bacterial spot symptoms on a tomato leaf. Credit: University of Florida/IFAS High temperatures and wet weather produce the perfect conditions for the onset of bacterial spot in tomato fields. The disease is caused by various species of Xanthomonas bacteria. Small spots (1/8 inch) form on leaves, stems, and fruit. The leaf spots are sometimes outlined in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/03/conditions-are-favorable-for-bacterial-spot-in-fall-tomatoes/

Managing Bacterial Wilt in Tomatoes with Grafting and a Plant Defense Inducer

Fig. 1: A tomato field in Florida with severe incidence of bacterial wilt. Photo credit: Mathews Paret Sanju Kunwar, Mathews Paret, Jeff Jones, Laura Ritchie, Steve Olson, and Josh Freeman, UF/IFAS NFREC Field tomato production in the southeastern United States is highly affected by bacterial wilt disease caused by Ralstonia solanacearum. In Florida, race 1 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/11/managing-bacterial-wilt-in-tomatoes-with-grafting-and-a-plant-defense-inducer/

Buckeye Rot in Tomatoes

Buckeye Rot on Tomato – Photo courtesy of Shep Eubanks With the recent frequent rains and hot temperatures, the incidence of buckeye rot on field tomatoes has increased in Holmes County, especially on tomatoes that were not planted on plastic mulch. This disease in tomatoes is caused by Phytophthora parasitica, and typically shows up on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/05/buckeye-rot-in-tomatoes/

Southern Blight Found in Holmes County Tomatoes

Photo 1 – Southern Blight foliage wilt looks similar to Bacterial Wilt. Photo credit Shep Eubanks Southern blight (caused by Sclerotium rolfsii Sacc.) was found at two different tomato farms in Holmes County this week. Southern Blight is a serious fungal disease affecting diverse crops grown around the world, especially in tropical and subtropical regions. The …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/21/southern-blight-found-in-holmes-county-tomatoes/

Panhandle Tomatoes Developing Nicely

Washington County Florida tomato field, full of healthy growth. Image Credit: Matthew Orwat In areas that were not not been flooded by recent rains, field grown tomatoes are developing nicely. Recent temperatures have been perfect for fruit set, with most nights above 60 ° F and under 75 ° F and most days under 85 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/05/16/panhandle-tomatoes-developing-nicely/

Tomatoes at Twilight Workshop April 24

Currently, there is an heirloom tomato variety trial being conducted in a high tunnel structure at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center.  Seven heirloom tomato varieties are being evaluated, along with one hybrid variety, for early season high tunnel production in the western panhandle of Florida.  A workshop will be held to allow vegetable …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/12/tomatoes-at-twilight-workshop-april-24/

Tomatoes at Twilight

Currently, there is an heirloom tomato variety trial being conducted in a high tunnel structure at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center.  Seven heirloom tomato varieties are being evaluated, along with one hybrid variety, for early season high tunnel production in the western panhandle of Florida.  Now is a chance for vegetable producers and tomato …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/08/tomatoes-at-twilight/

Why Are My Tomatoes Cracking?

  Imagine this scenario: After you have heavily invested in your tomatoes, cracks appear on your previously perfect fruit just as they are starting to ripen.    Cracking in Cherokee Purple tomatoCredit: Mary Derrick, UF/IFAS How frustrating!  Depending on the severity of the cracking the fruit will still ripen and be edible, although blemished. However, if cracking …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/07/why-are-my-tomatoes-cracking/

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