[tomato] Fungicide research

Greg Park (Tomato@GlobalGarden.com)
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 10:55:09 -0700

Hi all,

I've been looking into fungicides for tomatoes and found an interesting
article.  You can see it at:
http://henderso.ces.state.nc.us/newsletters/veg/sept97/a.html  and do a
search for the words "tomato fungicide"

It compares other fungicides with another called Quadris, which contains
"azoxystrobin is a synthetic derivative of a new class of naturally
occurring fungicides called strobilurins."

The most startling thing I noticed was that during the trials, the control
group that had no fungicides applied had  up to 91% defoliation!  Has the
use of fungicides/insecticides etc. become so prolific that without their
use, tomato (and probably others) plants would no longer survive on their
own???  (Hmmm...I sometimes wonder if the same thing is happening with the
human race...)

Anyhow, I'd like to know if anyone out there has had good success raising
tomatoes without the use of any Fungicides (organic or otherwise) and what
they thought contributed to their success.

Also, has anyone used the fungicide referred to in the article?

Back to your regular programming.

Greg Park
Zone 10,  Los Angeles, CA
Park Steel Company, Inc.