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Tomato diseases occur every year in every garden to some extent. This NebGuide discusses the symptoms and management of the most common and damaging ones in Nebraska.

Gardening is a favorite summer activity of backyard farmers and nothing tastes better than a ripe, home grown tomato. The popularity of local farmer's markets has increased tremendously in the 90s. Tomatoes are a mainstay of the backyard garden and the Saturday morning farmer's market. Being a successful gardener requires knowledge, skill and persistence. Every summer, nature pits the skills of the gardener against weather, insects and diseases. These challenges test our ability to grow plants free of blemishes from sun scald or blossom end rot, disease spots and rots and holes from chewing insects. In the end many gardeners feel it is worth all the time, expense and effort to raise that perfect tomato.