Drought, heat have become severe on tomatoes

Experienced tomato growers may be aware of some common diseases among their crops, such as septicemia, early contamination, and late onset. But this year, horticulturist Vijaya Pandian has been asking a lot of questions about unusual tomato plants.

“Most of the questions are related to normal stress,” says Pandian, who covers the districts of Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Rassin. These include extreme heat and drought conditions, he said, adding that pandy can cause all sorts of abnormalities, such as pollen and twisted, twisted and colored leaves.

But perhaps the biggest change producers are noticing is generally low fruit production.

Pandian is suspected of extreme heat and drought, particularly in southeastern Wisconsin, affecting flowering. Tomatoes prefer temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Celsius, he said.

“If the temperature rises to 85 degrees Fahrenheit[85 ° C]or higher, they will stop producing flowers,” says Pandian.

Vijaya Pandian

In addition, existing flowers should be contaminated within 50 hours. But if the temperature continues to rise to 85 or 90 degrees during that time, that will only aggravate the problem.

“The pollen is very sticky and spoils the appearance of tomato seeds,” he said.

So, what to do?

Mother Pandian, who is short on fighting nature, has made some changes to create a better environment for tomatoes next year.

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