How Do Tomato Farmers Do It?
My garden grows bigger every year, to the point where I now grow over 200 tomato plants per year. I plant on plastic mulch rows and use cages for most plants. I can't imagine that a farmer planting acres of tomatoes would be able to put out cages for every plant. But I also can't see not using them in my garden. I just don't get as many fruits with the plants sprawling off the plastic and onto the ground.
So how do farmers do it? Do they use cages or stakes? Do they typically use determinate types? Do they use plastic mulch or some other mulch? Are they growing genetically modified tomatoes.