Tomato season is in full swing and many local gardeners have been seeing several different issues arise. Much of what I am seeing on tomatoes is non-pathogenic disorders, meaning they are not caused by a disease and are not infectious. The main tomato fruit disorders I have encountered are blossom-end rot, cat-facing, cracking, zippering and sunscald. Several of the common tomato disorders are just the plant responding to unsuitable weather conditions. Many of them can be corrected by adjusting water and environment. I wrote about blossom-end rot in a column a few months ago. This disorder leaves dark, sunken lesions on the bottom end of a tomato fruit. It is caused by a calcium deficiency, usually brought on by irregular or insufficient watering. Increased irrigation will help alleviate this issue.
City planning commission again hears request from developer hoping to put 102 homes on Perimeter Road