This summer’s tomato season got off to a slow start, with cooler spring temperatures and heavier-than-normal rainfall. But that didn’t stop tomato lovers from turning out for the fourth annual Great Tomato Festival in Greensboro, organized by N.C. Cooperative Extension in Guilford County and N.C. A&T State University.
Late blight, a serious disease of tomatoes and potatoes, has been confirmed in North Carolina, according to N.C. State University’s Plant Disease and Insect Clinic and two Cooperative Extension plant pathology specialists.
Using a combination of new tools and time-honored techniques, Dr. Dilip Panthee is carrying on N.C. State University’s strong tradition in plant breeding, developing hardier, higher-yielding plants for North Carolina’s $30-million-a-year tomato industry.
Late blight, a plant disease that can kill tomato plants, has been found on North Carolina tomatoes earlier in the growing season this year than usual, and home gardeners who grow tomatoes may want to be aware of the threat.