Originally published in Midwest Vegetable Variety Trial Report for 2005. Compiled by Elizabeth T. Maynard and Christopher C. Gunter. Bulletin No. B17810. Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and Office of Agricultural Research Programs, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, Indiana. December 2005


The Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service reported that tomatoes for fresh market sales were harvested from 1,700 acres in Indiana in 2004 and had a total value of $21 million. Tomato fields are located throughout the state. Traditional wholesale buyers look for a large, firm, round tomato that will be red when ripe. Tomato growers are interested in identifying cultivars that show resistance to common foliar diseases like early blight and bacterial spot. Eleven semideterminate large-fruited red tomato varieties were evaluated in a replicated trial at the Pinney-Purdue Agricultural Center in Wanatah, Indiana. Four indeterminate varieties reported to be resistant to early and late blight were also included in the plot. Two of these produced large round tomatoes, one produced small round cluster tomatoes, and the fourth produced grape tomatoes.


variety trials, tomatoes, vegetables, Lycopersicon esculentum, Solanum lycopersicum, foliar diseases, bacterial diseases of plants

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