This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A correspondent of the Farmers Home Journal notes the presence of a serious disease in the tomato near Louisville. "The leaves and stem of the tomato blight and fall from the main vine. They begin at the bottom of the plant to turn yellow, then brown and black, and fall lifeless, leaving the stalk covered with finely-grown fruit without any shade to cover them from the sun".
We have not seen this peculiar form of disease. That which we have had reference to recently affected only the fruit. For many years the plant has been subjected to an attack of a fungus similar, and probably the same, with the verbena rust. The description above looks as if the trouble might arise from some stem borer, though no such insect is known at present to be engaged in such work. Have the stalks been examined ?