Brown Cow :-(
I'm growing Cowlick's Brandywine for the first time this year. It was my first slicer to ripen (78 days), tasted great, and set a bunch of nice sized tomatoes, ~30 greenies total. So you know how sad I was to find that the plant's leaves are now covered with brown spots. The same thing happened to two of my plants last year. Does this look like a common disease? The symptoms are:
* affected the top-most and outer-most leaves
* the leaves develop tiny brown spots, which grow in size, eventually joining and turning into big spots
* the leaves did not turn yellow. They went straight from green to covered with brown spots
* I don't know if it's coincidence, but the last 2 ripe tomatoes did not ripen evenly. They developed a streaked, splotchy appearance. The first ripe tomato (before the brown spots appeared) ripened evenly.
I cut all the affected leaves on Saturday. The next day, I went out, and found twice as many affected leaves. I cut those out, too. By Monday, I didn't see any more spots on the leaves, so the spread of the disease seems to have slowed. I'm contemplating pulling the plant before the disease spreads to its neighbors, but I'd like to milk a few more "Cows" out of this plant before ripping it out!
Tiny brown spots
Splotchy, streaked ripe tomato
I'll be sad to toss the plant before these babies have a chance to ripen!