Watch for tomato spotted wilt virus, thrips in tomatoes

03/16/2012 12:50:00 PM
The Grower Staff

abandoned radicchio fieldVicky BoydAbandoned radicchio fields, which can provide a bridge for tomato spotted wilt virus, are no longer the norm. Growers of that crop now strive to disk it under shortly after harvest.University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisers within the Central Valley have issued their first tomato spotted wilt virus update of the season for tomato producers.

The update includes the latest information on surveys for TSWV and its vector, Western flower thrips.

To reduce the inciduence of TSWV in tomato fields this season, farm advisers recommend a four-pronged approach that includes weed control, avoiding planting near spring host crops, disease monitoring and thrips treatments.

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