​​​​Nutrient Management in Fresh Market Tomatoes

August 2012 | 32 min., 13 sec.
by Josh Freeman
Virginia Tech

Summary

Determining the correct amount of nutrients for a fresh market tomato crop is relatively easy. A soil sample is taken and analyzed, and a nutrient recommendation is made based on Cooperative Extension production guidelines. However, knowing correct rates is only one piece of the puzzle. Growers must then ensure that a tomato crop has the correct amounts of nutrients in the correct placements at the correct times. Great care must be taken in delivering nutrients to the plant and ensuring that the plant has sufficient moisture for nutrient uptake and utilization.

About the Presenter

Josh Freeman​​ Josh Freeman earned a BS degree in entomology from Clemson University and focused on insect pest management. He then moved on to the University of Florida, earning a PhD in Horticultural Science; he chose horticulture because he felt that he could integrate other disciplines and work on entire production systems. He became an Assistant Professor of Horticulture at Virginia Tech in 2007 and began working on tomato and other vegetable crops that were important in the state and around the region. His research and Extension program focuses on alternatives to soil fumigation with methyl bromide as well as the integration of alternative crops into vegetable cropping systems in the region.​

Contact Information:
Email: joshfree@vt.edu

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