The questions below result in a composite score ranging from 0 to 100. A score of 0 indicates 'do not plant the crop', while a score of 100 would indicate 'there is absolutely no reason not to plant the crop'. There will be few instances of a score of 100. The icon(s) shown next to each question is meant to serve as a resource for producers relevant to each specified question shown. The questions below are intended to show red flag type concerns.
1. Growing tomatoes relies heavily on hand labor. Do you have access to adequate labor for conducting operations such as staking and trellising, pruning, tying and harvesting tomatoes?
2. Would you adopt handling practices to minimize tomato damage, such as bruises, cuts, punctures, scars and discoloration?
3. Tomatoes have deep root systems and need good soil preparation to perform well, and achieving the right soil pH level is also important. When choosing an intended planting site, can you avoid or address areas that have compacted soil and hard pans and correct any soil pH imbalances?
4. Are you willing to scout for diseases, weeds and insects and implement the necessary control methods in tomato growing areas?
5. Are you willing to commit to an irrigation program that provides consistent moisture availability to tomato plants?