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Pest Decimates Backyard Farms' Tomato Crop
07/10/2013 12:04 PM ET  

Officials at the Madison greenhouses say an infestation of whiteflies has forced it to destroy half-a-million plants.

It might be tough to find Maine-grown Backyard Farms tomatoes for a while. Officials at the Madison greenhouses say an infestation of whiteflies has forced it to destroy half-a-million plants.

The company says it will sterilize its two greenhouses and start over. But that means it will have no tomatoes to ship to grocers until about October.

Backyard Farms has been growing tomatoes since 2007 in its vast greenhouses, which cover 24 acres. It's products are sold to about 50 outlets, including Hannaford, Whole Foods and Walmart.

Company officials told The Portland Press Herald that the farm's 200 employees will stay on the job through the clean-up and replanting process.

Ed Morin contributed reporting to this story.


 

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