The 2017 Missouri Tomato Conference included the following presentations:

Introduction to Tomatoes - Rick Snyder, Mississippi State University.   Tomatoes are the most important commercial vegetable crop in Missouri.  This presentation will introduce tomato culture, both in the field and in protected structures (greenhouses, high tunnels, caterpillar tunnels).  Topics of interest will include tomato history, site selection, soil characteristics, choice of cultivar, transplant production, training/trellising options, and harvest/postharvest handling.  Full page pdf slides are here, pdf handout is here.

Tomato Insect IPM & major challenges - Richard Weinzierl, University of Illinois.  Tomatoes are subject to a number of insect pest issues.  This presentation will cover development of a tomato IPM program with an emphasis on pest identification, monitoring practices, cultural practices to manage pests, and developing a tomato spray program.  Major tomato insect pest management will be highlighted, including tomato fruitworm, brown marmorated stink bug and other stink bugs, tomato hornworm, mites, aphids, and tomato pinworm.  Full page pdf slides are here, pdf handout is here.

Diagnosing & Addressing Tomato Disease Issues - Sherrie Smith, University of Arkansas.  Management of tomato diseases (fungal, bacterial, and viral) is critical to successful tomato production.  This presentation will introduce the major tomato diseases, discuss disease identification, and focus on development of a disease management plan.  Additional topics include identification of tomato nutritional deficiencies and herbicide drift issues.   Full page pdf slides are here, pdf handout is here.

Tomato insect management in the field – Richard Weinzierl, University of Illinois. Management of tomato insect pests in field grown tomatoes, including identification of common tomato pests, monitoring pests, exploring control options, and developing a tomato spray program.  Organic options will be part of the discussion.  Full page pdf slides are here, pdf handout is here.

Basics of tomato management in structures – Rick Snyder, Mississippi State University.  Tomato production in a greenhouse or high tunnel.  Topics will include selecting a production structure, choosing a cultivar, preparing the site, establishing tomatoes in a structure, managing the structure environment, trellising, pest management, and harvest/postharvest handling.  Full page pdf slides are here, pdf handout is here.

Farmer presentation – Karen Scott.  Tomato production in high tunnels from an experienced Missouri grower’s perspective will include a discussion of site selection and preparation, starting transplants, establishing a planting, tomato management, harvest, and marketing. Full page pdf slides are here, pdf handout is here.

Tomato fertility management and quality issues – Rick Snyder, Mississippi State University.  Tomato fertility management is critical to successful production, and has a direct impact on fruit quality at harvest.  This presentation will focus on fertilizing tomatoes, managing tomato nutrition in the field and in protected structures, and identifying and correcting tomato nutritional issues on both fruit and plants.  Full page pdf slides are here, pdf handout is here.

Tomato grafting  – David Loewen, Kansas State University.   Farmers are increasing adopting tomato grafting as an opportunity to increase production and address disease issues.  This presentation will discuss the grafting process, with an emphasis on recently developed techniques to improve tomato grafting success and the performance of grafted plants.  Full page pdf slides are here, pdf handout is here.  Associated resources are here.