Supplemental Fumigation Strategies for Tomato Production

Ashley Robinson Fumigation, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

By G.E. Vallad, J. Desaeger, J. Noling and N. Boyd Vegetable and strawberry growers have long relied on soil fumigants to contend with various soilborne pathogen and pest complexes, as part of an integrated management strategy that includes crop resistance, cultural control and pesticides. However, with the loss of methyl bromide (MBr), many growers have struggled to maintain consistent soilborne …

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Tomato Growers Watch Out for Insects

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pests, Tomatoes, Top Posts

Tomato planting is currently underway across the Southeast. It is never too early to start thinking about insect pests that could hinder fall production in Alabama. According to the Tomato Insect Pests 101 video, Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn Extension Professor in Entomology and Plant Pathology, cautions growers to scout their tomato fields every week for pests and look for insects over …

Broad Sequencing of Tomato Genomes Will Help Geneticists Breed Better Varieties

Clint Thompson Georgia, Tomatoes, Top Posts

By Maria M. Lameiras for CAES News New technology has led to a greater understanding of how gene placement within the tomato genome influences gene expression and, therefore, the characteristics of the resulting plant’s fruit, a discovery that is important for breeders and producers. University of Georgia horticulture researcher Esther van der Knaap provided vital information for an expansive new …

Management of Thrips in Tomatoes

Clint Thompson Florida, Pests, Tomatoes, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Xavier Martini and Joe Funderburk Thrips are important pests of tomatoes for two reasons. First, they damage fruit directly by egg-laying or feeding (Figure 1). More importantly, some species also vector tospoviruses that include tomato spotted wilt virus, groundnut ringspot virus and tomato chlorotic spot virus. These tospoviruses can considerably decrease the crop yield if thrips are not controlled. …

Scientists to Study Crippling Tomato Disease to Lay Groundwork for Prevention

Clint Thompson Florida, Tomatoes, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 813-757-2224 (office); 352-875-2641 (cell); bradbuck@ufl.edu A destructive disease known as bacterial spot can ruin tomatoes anywhere it strikes. That’s why University of Florida scientists want to understand how the pathogen that causes the disease spreads and evolves on farms. A couple of quick statistics illustrate the importance of tomatoes to Florida’s agricultural economic sector: Fresh market tomatoes …

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Picking Varieties With Profit Potential

Ashley Robinson Agri-business, Produce, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

By Gene McAvoy Choosing which variety to plant is one of the most critical decisions that a commercial grower must make each season. Variety selection is a dynamic process. In the past, some varieties retained favor for many years. More recently, with advances in plant breeding and the incorporation of new and improved traits for disease resistance and other horticultural …

Bacterial Spot Leaving Mark in Tomato Crops

Clint Thompson Alabama, Disease, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tomatoes, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Bacterial spot in tomatoes has been observed in various locations in Alabama, according to Ed Sikora, professor and Extension plant pathologist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University. He believes the excess rainfall and abnormal temperatures contributed to the disease being more problematic this year.  “I think this year with the moisture we’ve …