[Market-farming] Tomato stems rotting below soil line

Barking Cat Farm barkingcatfarm at mindspring.com
Mon May 14 16:14:48 EDT 2012

It does sound like damping off, a soil borne pathogen. Rootshield &/or Actinovate may help. They are expensive but are better than losing the crop.

NE Texas

On May 10, 2012, at 9:12 AM, Marlin & Christine Burkholder wrote:

> What would cause the stem on a tomato transplant put into the ground two
> weeks ago to suddenly rot off about an inch below the soil line?  Looks like
> some sort of bacterial rot similar to what I experienced once years ago when
> I transplanted tomatoes into recently plowed down clover cover crop.  That
> time I figured that bacterial decomposition of the plowed under clover also
> attacked the roots of the tomatoes.  The ground where I am having the
> problem this year was plowed and prepped last fall and the rows mulched with
> plastic.

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