Answer: Unfortunately, based on your description it sounds like you may have a problem with tobacco mosaic virus which affects all members of the nightshade family. It is often brought in on transplants and can be transmitted by insects or by mere handling and even by cigarette smokers. You might wish to take a sample to your County Extension (644-4455) for a definite identification of the problem; in the meantime you can try spraying the infected plants (and your hands) with milk, repeating again at least once. Clean up and remove or burn any plant trash and be sure to rotate your crops carefully. In addition, look for tomato varieties labeled resistant in the future since you have had a problem with it now. I'm so sorry about your plants!
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