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Early Blight of Tomatoes


Have noticed that it's been raining? I guarantee you that the vegetables certainly have noticed it. Instead of some nice tomatoes out there in the garden, you're beginning to see some of them rot, such as we have here, some rotted places. Not only that, that's bad enough and, by the way, these should be removed as soon as possible, but the foliage is also going down a little bit.

If you look under the foliage of your tomatoes you're beginning to see some yellow leaves appear. Sometimes even maybe dying from the bottom up. The whole plant dies from the bottom up. This is a fungal disease caused by all this wet weather we've had.

What you need to do is as soon as we get a little break in these clouds is go out and by some Maneb or a product called Ortho Multi-Purpose Fungicide (Daconil). Use that every seven days to make sure you stop or even prevent this fungus from showing up. You need to get that on as soon as you possibly can so that you can save the fruit that you've worked so hard to have.

This has been Jerry Parsons Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service "I think this rain is letting up a little bit."

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