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(Indianapolis, IN )
Q. It's the summer of 2011, the place central Indiana. I've got 600 plants (12 varieties). The season started too wet, then too dry, then too hot (100 degrees at times) then too wet with 3 inches of rain in one day, then dry again.
The result is 30 - 40 % of the tomatoes have yellow shoulders & cracks across all varieties, except the yellow variety, which has just a few cracks. I understand the cracking is probably due to dry/wet cycle but I have never seen the yellow shoulders. Can you explain what's happening? Thanks.
A. What a tough season for you Midwest gardeners!
You've got two different issues going on here, as you outlined so logically.
1. Cracking. Dry weather that gives way to excessive watering or a rainy period can lead to cracking.
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