Vegetables and Fruit forum: Announcing TODD - A new resource for selecting tomato varieties.

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Name: Don Shirer
Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a)
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DonShirer
Mar 6, 2017 4:01 AM CST
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     Tomatoes are wonderful fruits that come in a myriad of shapes, sizes, colors and flavors, and are almost as much fun to grow as they are to eat. Each spring, gardeners with ambitious dreams but limited space face the question of which of the thousands of available varieties of tomato seeds or plants to grow.

      Looking through catalogs for the right tomato can be exhausting. Wouldn’t it be convenient to have an advisor (let’s call him Todd) who could suggest, for example, a few productive orange beefsteaks with some sweetness that could be grown in a container?

      Several Web sites have large collections of information on tomato varieties. But most have no easy way to combine requests for combinations of traits, and none include estimates of fruit flavor or production, a primary concern of many gardeners. To see if such an expanded resource could be created, an intensive search compiled data on more than 600 tomato varieties favorably mentioned in websites and reference books. Since many gardeners are familiar with spreadsheet applications, implementing TODD (for TOmato Description Datasheet) as one allows the data to be sorted and filtered to select a desired combination of tomato qualities. TODD was written in Excel, but may be opened and used in Open Office and Numbers applications as well.

HOW TO OBTAIN THE DATASHEET
      TODD4, the current version, is available to everyone from a Dropbox site, along with a .pdf file Intro to TODD4, containing an explanation of how the data are arranged plus suggestions on how to identify varieties with a desired combination of traits. Paste one of the URL’s below into your browser address field to see the file and then click on DOWNLOAD to copy the file to your computer. You may have to click on the MORE tab ( labeled ••• ) at the top of the page to see the DOWNLOAD option.

TODD4:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/rtbr...
INTRO:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/m0w9...

      These links have been tested using Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer by a valued crew of beta-testers. Some users with an older version of Windows and IE were not able to connect to Dropbox. If you have any trouble downloading these files, send an email to [email protected] and you will be sent a copy. (Dropbox has announced an update coming March 15, 2017. If these URL’s change, a correction will be posted here.)

      I hope this effort will be of use to gardeners. Updates will hopefully be available annually. Suggestions, changes or additions are welcome, since there are many worthwhile tomatoes not yet on the list. The appendix of the Intro to TODD file contains information on how to submit them.
[Last edited by DonShirer - Oct 21, 2017 2:04 PM (+)]
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Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
Mar 6, 2017 7:19 PM CST
Thank you for a lot of hard work to make it easier for tomato growers.
Name: Don Shirer
Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a)
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DonShirer
Mar 16, 2017 5:40 PM CST
It is now past the date at which Dropbox said it would change format, but you can still download it using the URL's posted above.
I've discovered several typos (oops!) which will be corrected in the next edition which will also have over 700 varieties.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Mar 16, 2017 5:55 PM CST
Thank you, Don. I got it downloaded, and it will be a huge help when I plan for tomatoes again.
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tx_flower_child
Oct 3, 2017 8:57 PM CST
Late to the game but BIG thanks!
Name: Don Shirer
Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a)
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DonShirer
Oct 21, 2017 2:13 PM CST
TODD6
     The latest version of TODD, The TomatO Description Datasheet is now available, with searchable and filterable details on more than 1000 varieties, just in time to help you select seeds for next year!
     You can download the datasheet itself and the Instructions by typing the dropbox URL's below into your browser.
TODD6:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/uer7...
INTO TO TODD6:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zv6a...

See the first post in this thread for details on the original release.
P.S. Quite a bit of the data was supplied by Garden.org posters like you!
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Oct 22, 2017 10:10 PM CST
A few nights ago after I downloaded TODD (4, I think), I was looking for varieties that might also be on a list of recommended varieties for North Central Texas. This list came from TX A & M. I was kind of disappointed that the Texas list had very few of the tastier varieties found on TODD as well as discussed in this forum.

I'd be more specific but I'm using my phone rather than my computer. But I'll definitely see if there are a few more matches when I download TODD6, assuming that I downloaded the earlier version.

Thanks, Don, for all the work you've done to create TODD. It's a really amazing database!

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