Tag Archive: Tomatoes

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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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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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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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.  Now is a chance for vegetable producers and …

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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://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/07/why-are-my-tomatoes-cracking/

Totally Tasty Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable in backyard gardens.  With each plant capable of producing 8-10 pounds of fruit or more, good gardeners may have more tomatoes than they can eat.  If you lack a green thumb, tomatoes are easy to find at farmers markets, roadside stands, and even grocery stores. Botanically, the tomato is …

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Plant Bugs Terrorize Tomatoes

Plant bug nymphs are always ready to eat, especially vegetables. Plant bug adult Neither heat, nor drought, or seldom pesticides will keep the leaf footed plant bug off your tomatoes and other vegetables. This insect sucks juices from your fruit or vegetable leaving light colored marks on your fruit caused by cell distortion. Both nymphs …

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Plant Bugs Terrorize Tomatoes

Plant bug nymphs are always ready to eat, especially vegetables. Plant bug adult Neither heat, nor drought, or seldom pesticides will keep the leaf footed plant bug off your tomatoes and other vegetables. This insect sucks juices from your fruit or vegetable leaving light colored marks on your fruit caused by cell distortion. Both nymphs …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/07/06/plant-bugs-terrorize-tomatoes/

Scouting Northwest Florida Tomatoes

Blossom End Rot Identification of pests affecting crops is the first part of designing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.  Scouting is an important part of any IPM program.  Once you identify problem pests, management decisions can be made such as changing cultural practices, using biological control methods or by applying pesticides.  By scouting and …

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