Well, here it is:
2.350 is close enough to 2.382 – the formula won’t often be this close! We’ll see what the certified weight will be in the morning. I’m hearing rumors there might be some serious competition from other tomato growers at the weigh-off!
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Here’s this tomato on certified scales at the weigh-off:
And here’s the winner of the contest, 2 lb. 8.2 oz. (=2.513 lb.) – one that weighed 2.602 lbs. when picked 8 days earlier, Big Zac (2.602 DT 2012)(5.35 Lyons 2010):
Hopefully there will be at least 20 contenders and several 3+ pounders at next year’s weigh-off
Tomorrow’s the BIG day for vegetables in the state of Utah: the tomato section of the Utah Giant Pumpkin Grower’s annual weigh-off.
I just returned from harvesting, hoping for possibly one even heavier than 3.208 lbs.
From Big Zac (5.32 Lyons 2011) (3.9 Catapano 2007), I picked one that measures:
CC1=44.3, CC2=32.9, CC3=46.2
W=0.016043*CC1*CC2*CC3 (weight in grams)
So W=1,080 g, or 2.38 lbs.
Caliper measurements are 16.51X11.88X10.04, which yields an estimate of 2.16 lbs.
Which is closer? I won’t know for a while – I’ve gotta get back to work ASAP. Just posting this entry for the fun of it! Pics on scales to come.
Interested in saving tomato seeds? Here’s a PDF file with detailed instructions for the fermentation method:
TOMATO SEED SAVING
And here’s a slide show demonstrating the major steps following the fermentation phase:
From tomatoes harvested on 6-23-2012 (see previous Blog post), I saved seeds and planted 20 of those on 7-03-2012. Eventually, 17 of those emerged.
On 8-02-2012, I transplanted some of those seedlings into large (about 1.5 gallon) pots.
Today, I picked two ripe tomatoes! This calculates to:
• 87 day generation time (6-23 to 9-17)
• 76 days from seed sowing to first ripe fruits
• 46 days from transplanting
This one’s going to be tough to beat for earliness! The taste is just fine to me, but this time of year I’ve got plent of other varieties to keep my interest.
Finally made it over the 3 lb. “Giant Tomato” barrier! Nice to have a state record to go along with it. Not as big as I had hoped: 7% underweight from my ellipsoid-based formula. It shrunk just a bit the past couple of days. It’s much greener on top and on the shaded side than I would have guessed, so I’m thinking it could have waited another 3 days or so to allow more conversion to sugars, thus increasing fruit density. I’ve not noticed hollow seed locules with the variety Church, so I’m not going to make that excuse.
Certified official Utah state record, 3.208 lbs., or 3 lbs. 3.33 oz. Certified by officials of the Weights and Measures Division of the Utah State Department of Agriculture and Food: “It doesn’t get anymore official than this in the state of Utah” they told me. These are the guys that certify all the scales in the state.
Submitted to Great Pumpkin Commonwealth as 3.208 Thurber 2012, variety Church, open pollinated.
Anyhow, following are a few pics. The larger pics show a good view of the late-season giant tomato bed and depict renewed confidence in the small kitchen scales I use to weigh all my big tomatoes.
In a few hours I’ll be harvesting a new Utah state record tomato and taking it in for official weighing and certification at the state’s Division of Weights and Measures.
Current official state record is 2.762 lbs. (several people have claimed to have grown 3-4+ pounders, but have produced no documentation that I’m aware of).
Applying the ellipsoid-based formula with my latest measurements puts this one at 3 lbs. 6 oz., or 3.38 lbs. I’ll bracket it between 3.10 and 3.50 and hope for the higher side. I’m thinking it might go on the heavier side, since lobing is minor and there are few surface irregularities. Additionally, it’s mostly ripe, which should increase its density somewhat.
Growth rate has been slow but steady over the past week – about 1.4% per day. Today was the first day of shrinkage, and that was very slight.
This one’s a beauty! A bi-color oxheart with excellent flavor – sweet, fruity, juicy, with hardly a hint of tartness or acid. According to Tatiana’s Tomatobase, this is a stabilized cross between Georgia Streak and Russian 117 – both excellent varieties in their own right.
Most fruits were in the 4-8 oz. range, but a couple of them have been close to a pound, such as this one:
Dawson’s Russian Oxheart (0.986 DT 2012)