Michigan ranks 10th in the nation for fresh tomato production and 4th in the nation for tomato processing, according to the University of Michigan. Michigan growers must be diligent in keeping their crops free of Verticullum wilt, Fusarium wilt and root-knot nematodes to name a few. These diseases are characterized by leaves which wilt and drop from the plant. The best defense is crop rotation in conjunction with planting disease-hardy varieties.
Beefmaster tomatoes are resistant to Verticullum wilt, Fusarium wilt and root-knot nematodes. Beefmaster tomatoes produce fruit approximately 80 days after planting. These tomatoes are large, meaty and deep red. The plants produce a high yield of fruit, which makes them a very popular choice for Michigan farmers, especially in the southern part of the state. These are delicious tomatoes for use in sandwiches, salads or for fresh eating.
Manalucie tomatoes are resistant to Fusarium wilt, Stemphylium and Cladosporium. Manalucie tomatoes are also resistant to Early Blight. This disease is caused by a fungus and causes spotting of the leaves and cracking of the fruit. Cracked tomatoes should be pulled from the vine as soon as they are discovered and discarded in order to prevent the spread of this disease. This plant will bear fruit approximately 82 days after planting. The tomatoes are medium sized and bright red. They are good choices for sandwiches and salads
Supersonic tomatoes are resistant to Verticullum wilt and Fusarium wilt. These tomatoes are heavy producers and will usually need to be caged or staked. They wil produce fruit in approximately 79 days after seeds are planted. Supersonic tomatoes may be planted in the ground but also do well in upside-down tomato planters. Tomatoes are medium-to-deep red, round and medium to large. These tomatoes are good for canning or eating fresh.
Walter tomatoes are resistant to Fusarium wilt and Stemphylium. Stemphylium is also known as Gray Leaf Spot and is a type of mold or fungus. Walter tomatoes have traditionally been grown in humid conditions but have been adapted to grow in the colder climates of Michigan. Walter tomatoes will produce fruit in around 75 days after first planting. Walter tomatoes are known to produce high yields. The tomatoes from this vine will be small and red. Walter tomatoes are juicy and full of flavor. They are great choices for salads.
Wonder Boy tomatoes are resistant to Verticullum wilt, Fusarium wilt and root-knot nematodes. Wonder Boy tomatoes have traditionally been grown in the south, but have been adapted over the years to be grown in Michigan. These tomato plants produce small to medium-sized fruit that are medium red in color. The flesh of these fruits is very meaty with little juice. The vines are very leafy and provide good support for the developing tomatoes. Wonder Boy tomatoes are good for canning, sauces or fresh eating.