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Nutrient Management
in Fresh Market Tomatoes

August 2012

By Josh Freeman
Assistant Professor of Horticulture
Virginia Tech University
757-414-0724, ext. 15

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

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