Common Pests and Diseases Affecting Tomato Farming

PESTS It is strongly recommended that farmers regularly scout their crops. 1. American bollworm – This is the larvae stage of a moth. It lays several eggs on young fruits that bear holes on the fruits upon them hatching. To control this, spray with a good insecticide. 2. Whiteflies – These are small white insects that hide behind the leaves. […]

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Tomato Water Management

Tomatoes require a constant supply of moisture during the growing season. In field situations, tomatoes require 214 – 706 thousand gallons/acre of water per season to produce a high yielding crop. In the greenhouse, each plant uses around 0.3 – 0.5 gallon of water every day – this is equivalent to around 1 million gal/ac per year. Excess water, will […]

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Tomato Growth Requirements

Tomatoes are warm-season crops and sensitive to frost at any stage of growth. If subject to temperatures below 10˚C, crops suffer from delayed seed germination and slow early growth. The cold will also reduce fruit set and delay maturity. Similarly, temperature extremes of over 35˚C will reduce fruit set and restrict red coloration. If water stress and high temperatures occur […]

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