Tomatoes/Peppers

UF/IFAS researchers may use fungi to control deadly crop disease

A group of fungi might fight a disease that’s dangerous to tomatoes and specialty crops. University of Florida scientists hope to develop this biological strategy as they add to growers’ tools to help control Fusarium... more »

High-tech controls key features of OSU greenhouse

Computerized irrigation based on vapor pressure deficit (VPD) and a shade curtain for summer that doubles as an energy curtain in the winter were two of the key features discussed during a recent tour through... more »

High-tech controls key features of OSU greenhouse

Computerized irrigation based on vapor pressure deficit (VPD) and a shade curtain for summer that doubles as an energy curtain in the winter were two of the key features discussed during a recent tour through... more »

Protect greenhouse tomato transplants from bacterial spot

Three important diseases of Michigan’s tomatoes result from infection by bacteria and include bacterial canker, bacterial speck, and bacterial spot. In recent years, bacterial spot disease has caused devastating losses to growers producing fruit either... more »

Are bumble bees causing my tomato flowers to fall off?

I’ve had a number of calls and farm visits at tomato hoop houses this season regarding flowers aborting at the elbow of their stems. There has been some speculation that the bumble bees have something... more »

Growers develop mechanized lean-lower trellis device for tomatoes

A startup Michigan company is offering a back-saving device for easing down tomato vines that have grown to the top of the greenhouse. The Summit Trellis System by Still Water Designs leans and lowers entire... more »

47th Tomato Breeders’ Roundtable accessible online

The upcoming 47th Tomato Breeders’ Roundtable (April 4-6, 2018 at Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center) is coordinated by David Francis. It will include a two-hour session on April 5 focused on... more »

Best practices for growing tomatoes yearly in a high tunnel

Consumer demand for fresh, locally-grown tomatoes throughout the year makes the crop a natural fit in high tunnel production. High tunnel tomatoes also produce better yields than those grown in the field due to fewer... more »


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