Grafting Tomatoes Video: The Motivation and Benefits of Grafting
Judson Reid, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program
October 16, 2013
As soil based production of tomatoes continues in tunnels and greenhouses, risk of root-zone diseases, insects and nutrient imbalances increase. Grafting, the combination of two separate cultivars into one plant, is one management approach to these challenges.
Learn more about the motivations and benefits of grafting tomatoes in this video of Judson Reid, Extension Vegetable Specialist for the Cornell Vegetable Program.
The Cornell Vegetable Program has developed additional resources on How to Graft Tomatoes for Soil-Based Production in Greenhouses and High Tunnels.
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Late Blight Confirmed in WNY CountiesLate blight has now been confirmed in commercial potato and/or tomato fields in the following counties: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates, Tioga, Oneida, and Ulster. The LB strain was determined to be US-23 in these counties, sensitive to Ridomil (mefenoxam fungicides). All tomatoes and potatoes in Western NY and the Finger Lakes Region are at high risk of infection!
Continuing frequent rainfall has been extremely favorable for the development of late blight (LB). LB forecast programs have been indicating extremely high risk of disease development week after week. Scout fields, especially low spots, protected areas, etc. twice a week. Growers and gardeners should destroy all potato culls and volunteers now. All tomato and potato growers should be applying fungicides on a regular basis, at no longer than 7 day intervals. At some locations less than a 5 day spray interval may be needed to protect potatoes and tomatoes (Alternate fungicides; follow label directions!) according to the LB Decision Support System (DSS) forecast. Organic growers should also be applying a fungicide regularly. There are copper formulations approved for organic production. Fungicides differ in how long they will provide protection from infection.