Agriculture: Tomato Pest Management Guidelines

Harvest and Postharvest

This year-round IPM program covers the major pests of California tomatoes grown for processing.

About Harvest and Postharvest

What should you be doing during this time?

Harvest promptly to reduce fruit rot problems such as blackmold.

Identify pest damage in harvested fruit.

Consider fall soil sampling for nutrients and nematodes.

For weedy fields, especially those with perennial weeds such as field bindweed and little mallow, apply irrigation followed by contact herbicides according to the Tomato Pest Management Guidelines.

Plan fallow season, cover crop, or overwintering crop management to reduce runoff and erosion. Deep ripping, if planned, is best done postharvest.

Plan for next year.

Text Updated: 12/13