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Texas Superstar® April Promotion

Starts on April 1, 2013 12:00am | Ends on April 1, 2013 12:00pm

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This month, the Texas Superstar® program shines the spotlight on Tomato BHN-968.  Texas Superstar® describes Tomato BHN-968:

BHN-968 is a naturally determinant plant with excellent production and awesome fruit quality.  Since the plant is
short-statured in growth, good fertility will be required to produce optimum yields.  The key nutrient will be nitrogen. If adequate fertility is not maintained, the tomato bush will be small and produce much less fruit.  BHN-968 tomato is the most naturally disease-resistant cherry tomato we have seen in our evaluation trials.  It is genetically resistant to the diseases of Verticilum Wilt and Fusarium Wilt (VF) as well as the viruses of Tobacco Mosaic Virus (T) and Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). It is also the first cherry tomato variety to be nematode resistant (N) since Texas A&M developed ‘Small Fry’.  The 968 tomato fruit is one-half to three-quarters of an inch in diameter with the sweetest (four times sweeter than a comparable cherry tomato) taste of any cherry tomato every tested by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Taste tests of greenhouse and field grown fruit were conducted every three weeks during the growing season by a taste panel consisting of 10 - 12 individuals ranging in age from 50 – 83. This is the first tomato of any type to be taste-tested by the Extension Service to receive unanimous favorable rating at every testing. BHN-968 tomato was developed to be a commercial cherry tomato variety but was not chosen because of “a bit lower yields and a somewhat softer fruit than other selections”. The plant breeders admit that the 968 tomato does have
a superior taste and a much higher disease resistance but the yield and toughness of the fruit is of utmost importance when commercially grown cherry tomatoes are being mechanically harvested and processed for the market. The very “faults” of this tomato which caused it not to be a successful, commercially-grown variety will be the very attributes which will make it a favorite cherry tomato of home gardeners and patio (container) growers.

For more information on the Texas SuperstarBHN-968 is a naturally determinant plant with excellent production and awesome fruit quality.  Since the plant is short-statured in growth, good fertility will be required to produce optimum yields.  The key nutrient will be nitrogen. If adequate fertility is not maintained, the tomato bush will be small and produce much less fruit.  BHN-968 tomato is the most naturally disease-resistant cherry tomato we have seen in our evaluation trials.  It is genetically resistant to the diseases of Verticilum Wilt and Fusarium Wilt (VF) as well as the viruses of Tobacco Mosaic Virus (T) and Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). It is also the first cherry tomato variety to be nematode resistant (N) since Texas A&M developed ‘Small Fry’.  The 968 tomato fruit is one-half to three-quarters of an inch in diameter with the sweetest (four times sweeter than a comparable cherry tomato) taste of any cherry tomato every tested by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Taste tests of greenhouse and field grown fruit were conducted every three weeks during the growing season by a taste panel consisting of 10 - 12 individuals ranging in age from 50 – 83. This is the first tomato of any type to be taste-tested by the Extension Service to receive unanimous favorable rating at every testing. BHN-968 tomato was developed to be a commercial cherry tomato variety but was not chosen because of “a bit lower yields and a somewhat softer fruit than other selections”. The plant breeders admit that the 968 tomato does have a superior taste and a much higher disease resistance but the yield and toughness of the fruit is of utmost importance when commercially grown cherry tomatoes are being mechanically harvested and processed for the market. The very “faults” of this tomato which caused it not to be a successful, commercially-grown variety will be the very attributes which will make it a favorite cherry tomato of home gardeners and patio (container) growers.

For more information on the Texas Superstar® program, please visit: http://www.texassuperstar.com/plants/index.html





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