The season’s ups & downs

Every year on the farm, there is at least one crop that has some serious problems. This year, that seems to be the tomato plants. Tomatoes are particularly susceptible to leaf diseases and this year the tomato plants have come down with two such ailments- Septoria leaf spot and Early blight (not to be confused with the much more destructive Late Blight). Even though tomato plants usually get one or both of these diseases to some degree by the end of the season, this year it is particularly bad. A new heirloom variety I decided to try out this year ended up being the vector for these diseases, quickly transmitting them to the other plants before I was able to pull those first plants out. The rest of the tomato plants are still doing a pretty good job of producing despite the disease pressure, even though yields are definitely below what they would be on healthier plants.

Diseased tomato leaf
Diseased tomato leaf